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Federal Communications Commission

Sinclair Broadcast Group, the largest owner of local TV stations in the country, wants to get even bigger by buying the Tribune Media Group.

We can’t let one single company have so much power over local news. The FCC must do everything in its power to block this monopolistic merger.

Signed,

Common Cause

How this will help

Our democracy functions best when we we have a strong, diverse, and independent local journalism. But runaway media consolidation threatens that, and takes power out of communities and puts it in...

Our democracy functions best when we we have a strong, diverse, and independent local journalism. But runaway media consolidation threatens that, and takes power out of communities and puts it in the hands of a few corporate executives.

Americans still get much of their news from local TV stations -- which is why it's so dangerous that huge corporations are buying them up at record pace. Now, the largest of those corporations, Sinclair Broadcast Group, is threatening to take that into overdrive, and we must fight back.

If Sinclair is successful in its bid to purchase the Tribune Media, it would go from 173 stations to 215, with many in major markets like Los Angeles, New York City and Chicago.

That'd be a massive blow against independent local media -- Sinclair's right-wing ownership often requires its statements to air "must-run" opinion segments that echo conservative talking points -- even over the objections of local journalists.

The FCC still has to approve this merger -- and it has a responsibility to only sign off on deals that will help enrich the options available to American news consumers. That's why the FCC must stand up to media monopolies, and reject this bad merger deal.

We deserve local journalism we can trust -- not one-size-fits-all content from massive media consolidators. Add your name today and tell the FCC to stop Sinclair's local TV takeover.

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