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FCC Fines TV Sinclair Broadcast Group Affiliated Stations $9M For Breach Of Good Faith In Retrans Negotiations With AT&T

FCC Fines TV Sinclair Broadcast Group Affiliated Stations $9M For Breach Of Good Faith In Retrans Negotiations With AT&T

7/29/2021 5:56:00 AM

FCC Fines TV Sinclair Broadcast Group Affiliated Stations $9M For Breach Of Good Faith In Retrans Negotiations With AT&T

The FCC Wednesday announced fines totaling $9 million on 17 stations – or eight licensees – affiliated with Sinclair Broadcast Group for not negotiating retransmission consent agreement with AT&…

Watch on DeadlineIn the retrans case, the Commission found that the stations violated its standards by refusing to negotiate with AT&T and subsidiary DirecTV for retransmission consent,  “unreasonably delaying retransmission consent negotiations regarding the Defendant Stations, and failing to respond to AT&T’s proposals for the retransmission of the Defendant Stations.”

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MVPD advocacy group the American Television Alliance applauded the FCC’s decision. “We are pleased that the FCC’s action sent such a strong signal that it will not tolerate broadcasters’ bad-faith conduct, especially when their behavior leads to needless TV blackouts that are harmful to American consumers,” said ATVA spokesperson, Jessica Kendust.

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