Sinclair-Tribune deal spotlights media concentration worries

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.’s deal for Tribune Media Co. would give a broadcaster known for its conservative leanings fresh reach into leading media markets including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago.

Sinclair, which last month named a former aide to President Donald Trump as its chief political analyst and drew criticism for programming that benefited Trump and President George W. Bush during their campaigns, stands to gain stations in 42 cities and expand to a total of 108 communities. The deal would involve at least nine TV stations in Missouri.

The combined company would serve almost three-fourths of U.S. households, raising questions about the concentration of media voices.

“Media consolidation leaves consumers behind with fewer independent news sources in many media markets,” said Rep. Frank Pallone, of New Jersey, the top Democrat on the Energy and Commerce Committee.

Chelsea Koski, a spokeswoman for Sinclair, didn’t return a telephone call and email seeking comment on the implications of media consolidation. FCC spokesman Neil Grace declined to comment about the merger.

Read more: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

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