Under the leadership of Ajit Pai, a Republican appointed to run the agency by President Trump, the FCC has repeatedly pushed for policy changes to make it easier for broadcasters to amass greater ownership of media properties.
As a result, one such lawmaker, House Representative Frank Pallone (D-NJ) - who is a member of the congressional committee that oversees the FCC - wrote to the federal regulator's inspector general in November outlining his concerns and asked him to open a formal investigation.
"I am particularly concerned about reports that Chairman Pai may have coordinated with Sinclair to time a series of commission actions to benefit the company", he continued. The FCC inspector general's office doesn't always publish its findings, though they can be procured through Freedom of Information Act requests.
Pallone and Cummings pointed to the timing of decisions that impact Sinclair deals (such as its purchase of Bonten stations) and proposed deals (the Tribune acquisition), and said they wanted some answers.
As originally proposed, the deal would add 42 Tribune stations to the Sinclair empire, including stations in New York City, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, Dallas, Denver and several other top-20 markets.
The deal would give Sinclair control over the vast majority of local TV stations, a prospect that is disturbing for anyone who enjoys diverse, locally-accountable news, rather than having content controlled by one powerful central firm.
The extent of the investigation is not clear, nor is how long it will take.
Consolidation on this scale is conceivable only following rule changes previous year by Pai's FCC.
Free Press is among several consumer organizations which have complained that FCC approval would enable Sinclair to air "politically biased programming" to more than 70 percent of the U.S. population.
Sinclair's merger is still awaiting approval from the Justice Department and the FCC.
Large parts of Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul, are still in ruins, more than six months after it was retaken by the government. Iraqi forces, aided by Iranian-backed Shiite militias and a US -led coalition, recaptured the city in July 2017.
Talking to media, he said that government would not spare those involved in spreading terror and fear among citizens. Minister for Interior Ahsan Iqbal condemned the incident and expressed condolences with the bereaved families.
It is understood there was no board meeting on Tuesday to discuss the manager's future and the club's position remains unchanged. The Gunners are now sixth in the Premier League table, 24 points behind runaway leaders City, with just 12 games to play.
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The location of the speech carried symbolic weight, alluding to the longstanding trade relationship between the US and Canada. And he agrees with Trump that too many people have been left behind, and more needs to be done to share the benefits.
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She has constantly raised the issue of "missing persons" in Pakistan and calling for grilling of intelligence agencies. She got her law degree from the Punjab University in 1978 before plunging into a long career of human rights advocacy.
Tottenham have grown up, according to Christian Eriksen
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Claude Puel keen to move on from Riyad Mahrez saga
If we are able to win the title it will be something special for us". "He has maintained good fitness to come back quickly". Despite his emphatic return, Leicester manager Claude Puel , said he was likely to miss the game at Etihad.
No Israelis in Russian Plane Crash
Images which have emerged on Russian media show what appears to be debris from the plane in the snow. Russian Federation has seen record high snowfalls in recent days and visibility was reportedly poor.
NI Weather: Warning for heavy rain then snow and ice
Scattered heavy wintry showers of hail, sleet and snow will occur also with some accumulations of snow over high ground. The third alert for rain is in place for Connacht and counties Cavan, Monaghan and Donegal until midnight on Saturday.
US Coast Guard searching for three missing fishermen
Connect with NJTODAY.NET Join NJTODAY.NET's free Email List to receive occasional updates delivered right to your email address! Weather conditions on Wednesday night added another obstacle, but crews were able to add more resources to the search Thursday.