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FCC opposition to Sinclair-Tribune deal shows any merger can go off the rails

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai took many observers by surprise late last month when he announced he had “serious concerns” with the proposed Sinclair Broadcast Group-Tribune Media deal, and the action illustrates there are no guarantees in regulatory review.

Pai has been dogged for over a year by accusations his FCC’s series of votes deregulating the broadcast media industry have been aimed at helping Sinclair and its Tribune bid. The FCC’s inspector general is reportedly investigating whether the actions were improperly designed for Sinclair....

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