November 15, 2017 - Institute Hosts Capitol Hill Event on the Sinclair-Tribune Merger and the Future of Media Ownership

On Wednesday November 15, the Tech Institute’s Distinguished Fellow Gigi Sohn moderated a panel on the proposed merger of Sinclair Broadcasting Group and Tribune Media and a broader discussion of media ownership rules in the age of the internet. The panel came one day before the FCC voted on a controversial proposal to amend media ownership rules.

The event featured representatives from both Sinclair and Tribune, alongside Georgetown Adjunct Professor David Goodfriend, the Georgetown IPR Communications & Technology Clinic's Andy Schwartzman, Carmen Scurato of the National Hispanic Media Competition and Jim Winston, President of the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters.

Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Ct.) also provided remarks.

The event was broadcast on C-SPAN; a recording is available here.

You can view the Twitter conversation about the event at #SinclairTribTalk.

Thank you to our panelists!


Jerald Fritz, Executive Vice President for Strategic & Legal Affairs, ONE Media. 

David Goodfriend, The Goodfriend Group


Moderator: Gigi Sohn, Distinguished Fellow, Institute for Technology Law & Policy at Georgetown Law

Rebecca Hanson, Senior Vice President / Strategy and Policy, Sinclair Broadcast Group

Eddie Lazarus, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Tribune Corporation

Andy Schwartzman, Benton Senior Counselor, Georgetown Institute for Public Representation Technology and Communications Practice Group

Carmen Scurato, Director for Policy and Legal Affairs, National Hispanic Media Coalition

Jim Winston, President, National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters

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