Pai has proposed that the merger deal to be sent to an administrative law judge for review.
“Based on a thorough review of the record, I have serious concerns about the Sinclair/Tribune transaction,” Pai said in a statement. “The evidence we’ve received suggests that certain station divestitures that have been proposed to the FCC would allow Sinclair to control those stations in practice, even if not in name, in violation of the law.”
Pai’s move is a surprise given that he has faced strong criticism for what opponents view as his cozy relationship with Sinclair leaders.
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