Last month, however, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said that he had "serious concerns" about the deal, saying that Sinclair might still be able to operate the stations "in practice, even if not in name."
Tribune, based in Chicago, claimed today that Sinclair used "unnecessarily aggressive and protracted negotiations" with the Department of Justice and FCC over regulatory requirements and that it refused to sell the stations it needed to.
Sinclair operates 192 stations, runs 611 channels and operates in 89 US markets. It would have been able to expand rapidly into numerous new markets with the Tribune acquisition.
The media company has become a significant outlet for conservative perspectives.
President Donald Trump tweeted his support of the company at the time. Sinclair defended the script as a way to distinguish its news shows from unreliable stories on social media.
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