FCC proposes $13.4M fine for TV-station owner Sinclair
NEW YORK (AP) - The Federal Communications Commission is proposing a $13.4 million fine on TV-station owner Sinclair Broadcast for not identifying paid programming as advertising.
Sinclair owns TV stations across the country and pays networks ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox for the news, shows and sports it airs on those stations.
The FCC says Sinclair produced and broadcast news story-like programming during local news broadcasts and 30-minute TV programs for the Huntsman Cancer Foundation and didn't label them as ads. The FCC says the offending ads aired more than 1,700 times.
Sinclair has 30 days to contest the proposed fine or pay it.