FCC Moves Ahead With Nearly $9M ‘Bad Faith’ Fine


The FCC has moved forward with a Forfeiture Order that imposes a $512,228 per-station penalty against 17 stations that enjoy shared services agreements with Sinclair Broadcast Group, while reducing a penalty assessed to one licensee but not eliminating it.

This puts the cumulative financial penalty handed to eight individual licensees at $8,737,876 — eliciting cheers from DirecTV parent AT&T and pro-MVPD advocacy group American Television Alliance (ATVA).

Note: Our math was incorrect in the initial version of this story. The total above reflects our updated, correct calculation.

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