FCC Proposes Loosening TV/Newspaper Cross-Ownership Ban...Again
Also wants to scrap radio/TV and radio/newspaper cross-ownership bans
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/14/2012 5:20:10 PM
The FCC will loosen the newspaper-TV cross-ownership ban by finding that cross-ownerships in the top 20 markets are presumptively in the public interest, along the lines of changes made by the FCC under former chairman Kevin Martin in 2007.
Broadcasters had been pushing the FCC to scrap the ban, rather than just loosen it, and to provide some relief from local market ownership caps.
According to sources, the FCC also circulated its ownership diversity report -- the so-called 323 report -- to the commissioners Tuesday. That report shows that minorities and women are still underrepresented in the station ownership ranks and have not made much headway in full-power TV station ownership in the past couple of years, with Latinos and women making some headway, but African-Americans losing ground.
Various minority groups had recently urged the commission not to take any action on media ownership rule changes until it gauges their impact on ownership diversity per a remand of various diversity initiatives by the Third Circuit.
BRILLIANT!~ It is about time. Rules dating to the mid 70's... LONG before competition from the Internet, Cable TV etc. NEED TO GO!
Bradley Hughes - 11/28/2012 2:03:52 PM EST
It's hard to believe that any member of the FCC seeks even more consolidation in an already-oligopolized media system that now aims for cross-ownership consolidation goals. The FCC is charged with protecting the public interest by enforcing diversity of content and ownership - and here we have a classic case of cooptation, complete with Orwellian language. Who does the FCC really represent?!
Philip Rutledge - 11/15/2012 9:21:35 PM EST
Bad Idea - From one of their own.
"There has already been a tremendous amount of consolidation and that has had some severe consequences. These are changes of terrible importance to the future of the country, and it is hard to see how further deregulation promotes diversity, competition and localism."
-- FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, in Labaton, Stephen. "Give-and-Take F.C.C. Aims to Redraw Media Map." The New York Times, May 11, 2003.
Dorrit Ragosine - 11/15/2012 12:27:59 PM EST
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