FCC chief’s ties with Sinclair Broadcasting subject of probe

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission’s internal watchdog is probing whether the agency’s chairman improperly pushed for rule changes that helped clear the way for Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.’s proposed purchase of Tribune Media Co.’s television stations, a lawmaker said.

The role of Chairman Ajit Pai, a Republican, has drawn scrutiny in part for his meetings with Sinclair executives since the election of President Donald Trump, who selected Pai to lead the agency. Democrats...

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