Sinclair/Tribune merger good for diversity in broadcast ownership

Sinclair has a unique and accomplished record of working with and assisting minority and under-represented communities in gaining a voice in the marketplace. For example, as the Commission’s files reflect, Sinclair has provided vital assistance to the largest African-American owner of television stations in the country, Howard Stirk Holdings, LLC, which I happen to be the sole owner. Without such assistance, minority broadcasters face the virtually insurmountable obstacle of obtaining access to capital and financing. When group owners like Sinclair provide such assistance they give substance to the Commission’s decades old aspiration of enhancing minority ownership and increasing program diversity.