FCC's Rule Allowing Sinclair Expansion Challenged
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FCC's Rule Allowing Sinclair Expansion Challenged

Posted May 15th, 2018 by seanm

Access Humboldt joined a legal challenge to the FCC's rule change that allowed Sinclair to purchase local stations owned by Bonten - including four TV stations in the Eureka designated market area (Eureka DMA) and four TV stations in the Redding market among others.

Free Press and other public interest groups challenged the FCC's reinstatement of the antiquated "UHF discount" rule that allowed Sinclair Broadcasting to acquire Bonten, and potentially more stations owned by Tribune.

In support of that legal challenge Access Humboldt's executive director Sean Taketa McLaughlin filed an affidavit documenting the harms caused by consolidated absentee ownership of local media in the Eureka DMA. [Attached below - Sean Eureka May 8 2018.PDF]

On May 9, 2018 the Petitioners (Free Press, et al.) filed a Supplemental Brief in the case (No. 17-1129
UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA CIRCUIT), citing the Access Humboldt affidavit and others to argue that the public interest groups and their members should have standing to bring action against the FCC in this case. [Attached below - 17-1129 Petitioners' Supplemental Brief Stamped Copy As Filed 9 May 2018).pdf]

Access Humboldt's executive director Sean Taketa McLaughlin noted: "We are committed to use every means available to support media localism and access for local voices through community media. In this case, we are part of a national effort to prevent a few large corporations from controlling most of our 'local' broadcast media."

For more information, contact Sean Taketa McLaughlin via e-mail at sean@accesshumboldt.net.

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