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Court holds up FCC move that helps Sinclair-Tribune deal

A federal court has temporarily halted an FCC decision that boosted the major Sinclair-Tribune broadcast merger.

The details: The Republican-controlled FCC recently brought back what is known as the "UHF discount," which effectively allows broadcasters to cover more than the 39% of the country allowed under current rules — because it counts certain types of stations as covering a smaller area. That move has been challenged in court.

Why it matters: The UHF discount eases the acquisition of Tribune by Sinclair Broadcast Group, on of the major media deals of the year.