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Locast Settlement Is Passed to GOP Senator Probing FCC Pick

Jan. 12, 2022, 9:39 PM

Republican Sen. Roger Wicker has obtained a confidential settlement between broadcast networks and a streaming service involving Federal Communications nominee Gigi Sohn.

ABC Inc., CBS Corp., NBCUniversal Media, LLC, and Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. in 2019 sued Locast, alleging the service was streaming their programming without paying fees. That litigation resulted in a $32 million settlement last October.

Sohn’s tenure as a board member at the now-defunct streaming service, Locast, has drawn fire from Wicker (Miss.) and other Republicans on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. A Republican committee spokesperson said the parties to the ...