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FCC's O'Rielly Rebukes Rumors Of Sinclair-Tribune Benefits

Law360 (May 18, 2018, 7:01 PM EDT) -- In no uncertain terms, Federal Communications Commissioner Michael O’Rielly rebuked rumblings that the agency has been taking action to singularly enable Sinclair Broadcast Group’s $3.9 billion proposed acquisition of Tribune Media Co., writing in a Friday blog post that such suggestions are a “misguided fantasy” and a “rhetorical tool” to cause divisions.

Instead, the Republican commissioner said, the agency’s action to enable IP-based broadcasts using the new ATSC 3.0 standard and various changes to media ownership rules have unburdened countless stations nationwide.

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