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ACA continued to urge the FCC to stop the Sinclair/Allbritton $1bln deal, which involves the acquisition of 7 TV stations, including Allbritton’s Big 4 stations in Charleston, SC, and Harrisburg, PA. Sinclair would retain the ability to act as the stations’ "agent" in retrans negotiations, ACA said in a filing, noting Sinclair would be able to negotiate retrans for the ABC and CBS affils and on behalf of the ABC and Fox affils in Charleston. "The question before the FCC here is simple: Whether it would serve the public interest for Sinclair to acquire the Allbritton stations in the Charleston and Harrisburg DMAs given all of their contemplated agreements. This is a new, bolder license transfer scheme designed to evade the intent of the FCC’s local television ownership restrictions and ought to be stopped," ACA head Matt Polka said.

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