Commissioner Clyburn Slams Sinclair-Bonten Deal


Less than 24 hours after the FCC restored the UHF discount, allowing broadcast TV companies to effectively own more stations, Sinclair Broadcast Group on April 21 agreed to acquire the Randy Bongarten-led Bonten Media Group Holdings for $240 million.

That deal, and its approval by the FCC, was slammed by Democratic Commissioner Mignon Clyburn in her opening testimony delivered this morning at a hearing on the oversight and reauthorization of the FCC conducted by the House Energy & Commerce Committee’s Communications and Technology Subcommittee.

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