Sin­clair Broad­cast ex­pects dereg­u­la­tion un­der Trump

Baltimore Sun - - ELECTION 2016 -

Ex­ec­u­tives of Hunt Val­ley-based Sin­clair Broad­cast Group Inc. ex­pect sig­nif­i­cant dereg­u­la­tion in the broad­cast in­dus­try un­der a Don­ald Trump pres­i­dency, com­pany of­fi­cials said Wed­nes­day. Sin­clair’s top ex­ec­u­tives dis­cussed their thoughts on a Trump reg­u­la­tory en­vi­ron­ment dur­ing the fifth an­nual Wells Fargo Tech­nol­ogy, Me­dia & Tele­com Con­fer­ence in New York, Marci Ryvicker, a Wells Fargo se­nior an­a­lyst, wrote in a re­port Wed­nes­day. “With a Trump win, sig­nif­i­cant dereg­u­la­tion is ex­pected,” she said. “The first place where broad­cast would ask for re­lief is the 39 per­cent own­er­ship cap, given how out­dated it is in light of a chang­ing tele­vi­sion ecosys­tem.” Un­der Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion rules, a sin­gle tele­vi­sion sta­tion owner can­not reach more than 39 per­cent of the na­tional tele­vi­sion view­ing au­di­ence. Only half of UHF sta­tion house­holds are counted in the cal­cu­la­tions. By the end of last year, Sin­clair had a U.S. tele­vi­sion mar­ket reach of more than 37.4 per­cent, or

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