Press Statement on Third Circuit Court’s Ruling on JSA Attribution Rule

For Immediate Release

May 25, 2016

Baltimore, Maryland


PRESS STATEMENT IN RESPONSE TO THE THIRD CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS VACATING THE FCC’S RULE TO MAKE JOINT SALES AGREEMENTS ATTRIBUTABLE

In response to the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit’s ruling ordering the FCC to update media ownership rules and vacating its rule attributing joint sales agreements (JSA) between television broadcasters to local ownership caps, the following statement can be attributed to David Smith, President and CEO of Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc.:

The Third Circuit did the right thing today, holding the FCC accountable to conduct a Congressionally-mandated review of its ownership rules. We hope that the FCC will not only comply with the obligation to undertake and complete this review, but more importantly will take into account the current media landscape in adhering to the Congressional mandate to eliminate rules which are no longer necessary in the public interest. Doing so would acknowledge broadcast television’s importance to the public interest and help broadcasters compete against giant pay-TV corporations that are allowed to scale without restriction, at the eventual expense of the American viewer.

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