• PTC Applauds FCC for Voting to Set a Hearing for Proposed Sinclair-Tribune Merger

    by  • July 19, 2018 • FCC, Press Release • 2 Comments

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    The PTC responds to the FCC’s unanimous vote to adopt a hearing designation order for the proposed Sinclair-Tribune merger.

    “We applaud the bold and positive statement of a unanimous FCC to adopt a hearing designation order for this transaction. As we have stated from the outset of the FCC’s review, our opposition to the merger has absolutely nothing to do with a partisan political angle. Quite the contrary, the PTC believes that there is an urgent need for greater political balance; but the transaction proposed by Sinclair would have put in place a media ownership structure that would achieve quite the opposite. Greater local ownership and control of local community broadcast outlets leads to increased public accountability,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

    “To us, Sinclair’s most recent formal filing of July 5th demonstrates exactly why the FCC reached its correct conclusion. In that filing, Sinclair began its argument by arrogantly dismissing merger objections ‘as if it took place in a time when there were seven TV channels.’ Ironically, in almost every DMA where a broadcast license would have changed hands under this transaction, there are actually FEWER than seven broadcast TV channels, especially if applying Sinclair’s own mathematical calculation where a UHF station is counted as only half of a broadcaster.

    “Sinclair indignantly based its argument on a corporate need to compete with Google, Facebook, YouTube and Netflix, none of which broadcasts locally, none of which owns or produces local community programming, and none of which operates under a public interest obligation to abide by community standards. Sinclair also cited AT&T merging with Time Warner; and Disney purchasing Twentieth Century Fox’s TV, film studio and cable assets, as a reason why its merger should be agreed to by the FCC. But again, not a single local broadcast license changes hands as a result of either of those two deals.

    “If Sinclair wants to compete with the aforementioned media behemoths, then good; we urge them to do so and we hope they’re successful. But that means buying or creating streaming media platforms, social media platforms, websites, motion picture studios, TV studios, and cable networks. It doesn’t mean consolidating local community voices into one, big, corporate behemoth.”

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    2 Responses to PTC Applauds FCC for Voting to Set a Hearing for Proposed Sinclair-Tribune Merger

    1. moax429
      July 24, 2018 at 6:43 pm

      I agree!

      I hope that Sinclair-Tribune merger will be *blocked* at all costs. If it is, perhaps local stations would then be encouraged to produce their own shows again. It would be nice to see a local talk show again, for example, that focused on the community rather than some nationally syndicated “gossip” show that focuses on *nothing.*

    2. Georgi Malchov
      July 19, 2018 at 11:50 am

      On an unrelated note, have you heard of TLC’s “documentary” show 90 Day Fiancé? The show is pretty much about couples who get married. Seems alright so far, but here comes the boring part: Those couples have applied for or recieved a K-1 visa, and therefore have 90 days(or roughly 3 months) to plan their wedding before their visa expires. This is a minor problem I have with the series. There are ones that are even worse than the premise, so I’ll rank them down now:
      1. It has 2 spin-offs

      2. It is one of the most talked-about series on TLC

      3. YOU are paying for it, since TLC is a basic cable network

      And 4. TLC used to stand for The Learning Channel and showed educational programming

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