Apparently, they are looking to relax restrictions of ownership of various media delivery methods, in favor of Sinclair Broadcast Group. Dems are asking to see timelines, to determine if there was a quid pro quo involving Sinclair, the Admin, and the FCC (Pai specifically).
From the article;
On Thursday, the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission voted on a series of actions that would eliminate regulations for local media ownership while approving a new TV broadcast standard developed by Sinclair. Both decisions will likely result in a major windfall for the Maryland-based company, paving the way for Sinclair’s proposed $3.9 billion merger with Tribune Media and for the widespread adoption of its Next Gen TV service.
The five-member FCC, led by Republican Chairman Ajit Pai, voted on Thursday to loosen the rules on owning multiple TV and radio stations in the same market. The FCC’s announcement helps pave the way for Sinclair’s mega-merger with Tribune Media, a deal that would give the company well over 200 TV stations, including in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, the country’s three biggest media markets. The FCC also voted to remove the 40-year-old ban on a company owning a newspaper and a TV or radio station in the same media market as part of the FCC’s deregulatory spree on Thursday.
The request for an investigation by the 15 Senate Democrats includes a timeline outlining the Trump administration’s multiple interactions with Sinclair and the FCC’s actions that have benefited Sinclair, suggesting that Pai has used his influence to help the Maryland-based TV giant. “Put simply, this timeline suggests a disturbing pattern of a three way quid-pro-quo involving Sinclair, the Trump administration, and Ajit Pai,” the letter reads. “Because of these facts, we are gravely concerned that Chairman Pai may have engaged in a pattern and practice of activity related to the Sinclair-Tribune transaction in a way that imperils the independence and public interest mission of the FCC.”