August 18th, 2017

One of the injuries done to radio in recent years has been the imposition of broadcast packages across stations owned by media conglomerates, destroying local connections with listeners and producing zombie programming. What radio cancers like Clear Channel Communications (the front for iHeart Media) have done to radio, Alt-Wrong broadcaster—and a darling of President Donald John Trump—the Sinclair Broadcast Group wants to do to television.

Lucia Graves, writing in ‘The most dangerous US company you have never heard of”: Sinclair, a rightwing media giant for The Guardian, explains:

In addition to changes paving the way for Sinclair’s merger, [Trump appointee Ajit] Pai’s FCC has proposed eliminating one of its most fundamental rules, which requires local news stations to actually have a local studio where they broadcast the news.

Now, the agency seems poised to do away with local broadcast protections, which would allow Sinclair and other broadcasters to save money by cutting local staff and to impose more editorial input from corporate headquarters.

And that means many more Americans will be hearing from the most dangerous company most people have never heard of—whether they know it or not.

John Oliver offered a refresher course on Sinclair in last month.


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