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By providing the resources and support necessary to operate local television stations, the sharing agreements allow a diverse group of people to broadcast TV, said Mr. Williams, who is black.

“Shared services agreements are needed to enhance minority ownership and expand diversity, and the recognition is important in helping support their continued use,” he said, adding that the agreements aid in “development of content that reflects an increasingly diversified nation, not always in terms of race, but in terms of ideology.”

FCC leadership is required by law to be divided. Three Democrats and two Republicans are serving as commissioners.

Conservative Michael O’Reilly said he was in support of the agreements.

“Local programming, especially news, is expensive to create but highly sought after by consumers,” he said. “There is evidence of significant benefits from these arrangements, including saving stations from going dark, adding diverse voices to market, and enabling local news where it would otherwise be cost prohibitive.”

Mr. Wheeler has yet to publicly weigh in.

Armstrong Williams is the editor-in-chief of the American Current See, a publication of the Washington Times

The Washington Times partners with Sinclair Broadcast Group, which owns more than 160 TV stations nationwide and is one of the media conglomerates that would be affected by changes to the regulations.

A representative for Sinclair could not be reached for comment, but the company said in a regulatory filing earlier this month that Sinclair officials argued to FCC officials last month that it would not be fair to require broadcasters to unwind deals previously approved by regulators, Bloomberg News reported.

Phillip Swarts is an investigative reporter for The Washington Times.