Burns backs 35% cap

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Sen. Conrad Burns (R-Mont.), chairman of the Senate Communications
Subcommittee, said Monday that he backs legislation to return the national broadcast-TV-ownership cap to 35% of television households.

Speaking to reporters after a luncheon-panel discussion at the National Show in Chicago, Burns predicted that legislation to retain the 35% limit would
pass both his subcommittee and the full Commerce Committee.

He declined to forecast the outcome of a vote by the entire Senate.

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission, under court order to rethink
the ownership cap, raised the limit to 45% of U.S. TV
households.

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