The Sinclair Broadcast Group is making the case for its $3.9 billion buyout of Tribune Media, which is awaiting approval after the companies agreed to the deal back in May.
The company’s argument, detailed in a 173-page filing with the FCC, is summed up by Variety this way: “The future of local television is threatened unless TV station owners are allowed to bulk up to compete more effectively with MVPDs and digital competitors.”
Today was the deadline for Sinclair to respond to the more than 1,000 comments received by the FCC from individuals and competitors imploring the panel to reject the merger, Variety notes.
“The union of Sinclair and Tribune would create a broadcast TV behemoth with more than 200 stations reaching 72% of U.S. TV households,” Variety adds.
Replies to Sinclair’s latest filing are due by Aug. 29.