Behind The Scenes: How Sinclair Sought Pai HDO Pause


It’s no secret that Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media very much wanted FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to hold back on issuing a Hearing Designation Order and sending their proposed merger to an Administrative Law Judge.

But, how Sinclair sought to sway Pai, and its maneuverings, had only been the stuff of hearsay. We now have a clear picture of Sinclair’s efforts to postpone the HDO. An unconfirmed call between Pai and Sinclair’s EVP/General Counsel, Distribution and Network Relations was part of Sinclair’s failed attempt.

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