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Todd Shields

With Big Bird on HBO, broadcasters want to cancel kids' TV

Kids can get their fill of shows aimed at them on cable’s Nickelodeon or internet sites. So is it still fair to force TV broadcasters to put on three hours of children’s programming in blocks of at least 30 minutes every week?

Sinclair station sales risk new scrutiny as part of Tribune deal

Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.’s bid to purchase Tribune Media Co. hinges on spinning off TV stations to comply with U.S. limits on broadcast ownership. Yet its proposals to sell stations are drawing fresh scrutiny, as critics say some of the transactions are designed to evade the ownership rules.

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