Biggest. Fine. Ever.

The Sinclair Broadcast Group will go down in the history of our industry for being slammed with a $48 million fine, part of a Consent Decree by the FCC related to three investigations—failure to disclose details of Sinclair’s attempted acquisition of Tribune Media; alleged failure to negotiate retransmission consent agreements in good faith; and failure to identify the sponsor of so-called information content. In spite of the whopping fine and egregious offenses, the Commission declined to revoke any of Sinclair’s licenses. According to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, “Today’s penalty, along with the failure of the Sinclair/Tribune transaction, should serve as a cautionary tale to other licensee seeking Commission approval of the transaction in the future.”