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November 24, 2021


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Sinclair is one of the worst. It was trying to become the chief opponent of Faux for right-wing viewership. Fortunately, it ran afoul of FCC regs and wasn't allowed to purchase TV stations that would have given it a presence in something like 78 percent of US TV markets.

Playing fast and loose with the rules is nothing new for Sinclair though. It routinely forces its local news anchors to perform scripted commentaries that come from Sinclair headquarters in Cockeysville, Maryland. These "commentaries" are never identified as corporate content.

Sinclair also has "must-run" rules for several nationally produced segments that run in local news programming. These must-run segments frequently feature RWNJ type lunacy. For instance, Eric Bolling -- who was fired by Faux after Tweeting pictures of his junk to co-workers -- used to do a weekly segment for Sinclair before departing for Newsmax.

FCC rules used to limit TV station ownership to a total of seven stations, with additional rules on how that ownership was to be based on population. The Telecommunications Act of 1996 changed those rules because TV owners claimed they needed to be able to own more stations to compete with the Internet and online communications.

These changes allowed the Sinclairs, I-Hearts, and Alphas to exist. The rules need to be changed again to limit the out-of-control ownership of the broadcast media. Maybe they don't need to return to the old 7-AM/7-FM/7-TV rules, but they do need to limit the number of owned stations much more severely. They also need to stop the multiple stations in a market rule that allows Portland radio to be controlled by three companies.

Journalism at it's finest

I quit watching KATU back when I learned about Sinclair, and what they were all about.

And I'd like to add an AMEN to do whatever can be done to prohibit 3 companies from controlling Portland radio.

This dreck is still on? I left it behind when Boz left. As for Eric Bolling, you know how it is, a littke kid and a new toy.. gotta show the tiny thing off...

If anyone is wondering, Pennsylvania based Entercom owns seven Portland stations (2 AM, 5 FM). I-Heart Media of Texas owns seven (2 AM, 5 FM). And Alpha, which is based in Portland but is a national broadcaster, owns six (2 AM, 4 FM).

So, three companies own 20 Portland radio stations that are Portland's 20 largest stations. The two other large group owners are Salem of California (The name has nothing to do with Oregon's capital city) with 2 AM and 2 FM stations all programmed with religion and Bustos of Caamas which owns four AMs that broadcast in Spanish.

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