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Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Sinclair Threatened With Lawsuits, Lost Licenses

The left blogosphere is devising a shareholder lawsuit against Sinclair, the company planning to air a pre-election anti-Kerry documentary on its 62 stations. An emailer to Josh Marshall recommends a shareholder's derivative action against the company, claiming Sinclair is misusing corporate property in a way that could lose them ad revenue, open them up to elections law complaints and subject them to license renewal contests. Readers at Daily Kos are discussing a shareholder lawsuit as well.

Marshall also claims a copy of a letter sent to Sinclair by FCC Chairman Reed Hundt. In it, he asks, "Why should a broadcaster keep its licenses if it behaves in this manner?" On a similar note, The Left Coaster offers instructions on how to challenge a station's license renewal.