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New coalition asks FCC to block Sinclair/Tribune deal

The Coalition to Save Local Media asked the Federal Communications Commission to reject the proposed merger between Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. and Tribune Media Co., according to a post on the group's website.

The group argued that the deal would stifle local and independent media voices and does not seem to be in the public interest.

A combined Sinclair-Tribune would own more than 230 television stations, including more than 130 "Big 4" affiliated stations and transmitting more than 500 primary and multicast television channels. This new entity would cover 108 media markets, including 40 out of the top 50 designated market areas.

Founding members of the coalition include industry groups such as the American Cable Association, Competitive Carriers Association, NTCA—The Rural Broadband Association and the Computer and Communications Industry Association; DISH Network Corp.; and independent networks such as AWE (US), Cinemoi, One America News Network (US), RIDE TV and The Blaze TV (US); as well as a number of public interest groups, including the Sports Fans Coalition, Latino Victory Project and Public Knowledge.