Last April, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, led the charge for his agency to approve rules allowing television broadcasters to greatly increase the number of stations they own.
By year's-end, the Timeswrote, Pai and his aides were under investigation for promoting the relaxing of regulations that seemed timed to benefit Sinclair.
The New York Times confirmed with Representative Frank Pallone that the investigation began a year ago.
FCC chairman Ajit Pai, a Trump appointee, is being investigated by the FCC inspector general for possible collusion with Sinclair Broadcasting, a conservative media group that ran pro-Trump programming during the election. The FCC inspector general's office doesn't always publish its findings, though they can be procured through Freedom of Information Act requests.
It was unclear the extent of the inspector general's investigation or when it might conclude, but the inquiry puts a spotlight on Pai's decisions and whether there had been coordination with the company. However, it does bring up the question of whether Pai had coordinated with Sinclair, and it could force him to publicly address the topic, which he hasn't really done up to this point.
Throughout his first year as chairman, Pai rolled back a series of media ownership restrictions, some of which directly benefitted Sinclair's merger. In Seattle, Sinclair would wind up owning KOMO 4 and KCPQ 13, two of the top four local TV stations, if it isn't required to shed one to complete the acquisition. Free Press has raised serious concerns that the FCC chairman was acting deliberately and with extreme bias to lift any public-interest safeguards that would prevent the massive merger from being approved.
David Hunt, the agency's Inspector General, confirmed the investigation to Rep. If true this might cause trouble for Mr. Pai, but I'm not sure this wasn't anything but good lobbying on the part of Sinclair. Pai's rationale was that the elimination of the UHF discount had to be considered along with other media ownership regulations that cap the number of stations that an entity can own to no more than 39% of the country. "The Chairman is sticking to his long-held views, and given the strong case for modernizing these rules, it's not surprising that those who disagree with him would prefer to do whatever they can to distract from the merits of his proposals".
The New York Timesreported the probe of Pai in an article published February 15. Following today's news, these groups are also calling on Pai to recuse himself from all agency matters involving Sinclair.
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.
"An investigation could cast a cloud over the whole process", said Andrew Schwartzman, a senior fellow at Georgetown Law Center's Institute for Public Representation.
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New PlayStation VR Deals Available Starting February 18
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First blood test to help diagnose brain injuries gets US OK
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Qualcomm board rejects Broadcom proposal
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U.S. luger's frightening crash stuns Olympic crowd
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