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FCC unlikely to block Sinclair merger but someone must

Wading through the FCC comments relating to the Sinclair Broadcasting purchase of Tribune Media, and whether or not it should be approved, we found that every one of the 200 comments we read through, out of the 1,100 plus total comments registered, were against the merger. Americans have a very different set of broadcasting rules to most other countries, and allocate spectrum in 210 designated market areas – in most other countries regulators allocated multiple layers of nationwide spectrum to multiple players – you can avoid one broadcast by a switch of the channel – but not so in the US. The US method means that one company which owns a TV station may exercise considerably more control of local…

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