You’d think Sinclair would learn its lesson. But you’d be wrong. Last year, the FCC fined Sinclair a record $48-million dollars for its failed merger of Tribune stations, bad faith retransmission negations and not properly labeling sponsored content.
Then it paid another $35-million to settle an investor lawsuit over the failed Tribune lawsuit.
Now this week, the FCC is fining SBG sidecar company Howard Stirk Holdings (license holder of Flint’s WEYI NBC 25 station) a half million dollars for going dark on DirecTV and refusing to negotiate in good faith.
Our viewers lose in these legal fights. They lose programming for months. They’ll end up paying more in their monthly bills. And employees at 25-66 and the other affected stations will continue to face budget cuts and salary freezes because of stupid decisions by people who don’t deserve to run local TV stations.
There’s now an effort to have the FCC remove the licenses of Sinclair TV stations. It’s a long shot, but Sinclair has shown that it is only interested in bending the rules to make more money — not operating in the public interest.
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