FCC tightens TV station ownership rule fought by Sinclair

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WASHINGTON — US regulators on Monday tightened rules on broadcast owners controlling more than one TV station in a city, and said companies such as Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. must alter existing arrangements to comply.

The Federal Communications Commission on a 3-to-2 Democrat-led party-line vote adopted Chairman Tom Wheeler’s proposal to crack down on what he has called attempts to circumvent rules limiting media ownership. The rules are designed to ensure news and information within communities aren’t dominated by one voice.

‘‘Today what we’re doing is closing off what has been a growing end run’’ around ownership limits, Wheeler said at the FCC’s monthly meeting.

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