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Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai on Friday sought approval from his colleagues to order the go ahead for Nexstar Media Group Inc's acquisition of Tribune Media Co in a $6.4 billion tie-up, a spokeswoman for the agency said. Last month, the U.S. Justice Department approved the deal, saying the companies must divest television stations in 13 markets to resolve antitrust concerns. Pai's order circulated Friday needs the consent of a majority of the five-member FCC.
Shares in Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc fell by 1.6% after the U.S. Federal Communications Commission disclosed it has opened an investigation into whether the company misled the agency in its failed effort to win approval for a $3.9 billion bid to purchase Tribune Media Co. In a June 25 letter to Sinclair posted Wednesday on the FCC’s website, the government agency's media bureau directed Sinclair to answer a series of questions by July 9. On Thursday, the letter had been removed from the FCC's website.
The Federal Communications Commission has opened a new investigation into whether Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc engaged in misrepresentations or a lack of candor in its failed effort to win approval for a $3.9 billion bid to purchase Tribune Media Co. Sinclair did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment. An administrative judge in March dropped a hearing into allegations that Sinclair, the largest U.S. broadcast station owner, may have misled regulators.
Marc Kirschner, a litigation trustee representing Tribune creditors, filed the proposed settlement on May 31 with the U.S. bankruptcy court in Wilmington, Delaware. Lawyers for Zell and FitzSimons did not immediately respond on Wednesday to requests for comment.
On a per-share basis, the Chicago-based company said it had profit of $1.27. Earnings, adjusted for one-time gains and costs, were 60 cents per share. The operator of the WGN America network and local ...