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By Approving Broadcast Merger, FCC Fails to Serve Public Interest

Statement of Alex Harman, Competition Policy Advocate, Public Citizen

Note: The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today approved the sale of Tribune Media Company’s broadcast TV stations to Nexstar Media Group.

The FCC once again has `failed to serve the public interest by approving yet another corporate takeover of broadcast TV licenses with a megamerger resulting in the largest television broadcast company in America. With corporate consolidation, local editorial control is nothing more than an illusion, and the communities that are supposed to be served by these television stations will suffer with lower quality and less locally focused news.