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Post by bugzapper » Thu May 07, 2020 12:42 pm

Maryland-based Sinclair Broadcast Group was fined a record $48 million by the FCC, the agency announced Wednesday.
Steve Ruark/AP

The federal agency that regulates the U.S. television industry slapped the largest civil fine in its history on Sinclair Broadcast Group — a company with links to the Trump administration — as punishment for deceiving the government.

Sinclair agreed to the $48 million fine and entered into a consent decree to close three separate ongoing investigations by the Federal Communications Commission.

Sinclair, based in suburban Baltimore, owns and controls more than 190 stations across the country. That makes it one of the nation's largest players in local TV. It had sought to become even more dominant by taking over Tribune Media, the television properties of the former Tribune Co.

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