Editorial: Changing the Rules - Broadcasting & Cable

Editorial: Changing the Rules

FCC to circulate quadrennial review of media ownership rules
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The FCC is expected this week to circulate the long-awaited and overdue quadrennial review of its media ownership rules.

The Wheeler FCC has signaled it may try to restore the TV-station joint sales agreement-tightening rule that a court threw out, done primarily because the commission tightened it before issuing the quadrennial review.

We hope that is not the case.

The FCC should also scrap its newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership rule without unleashing the 800-pound gorilla of daily print on the defenseless web (irony alert).

The agency could even loosen station duopoly rules in smaller markets, where combining assets might strengthen them as competitors.

The FCC is expected this week to circulate the long-awaited and overdue quadrennial review of its media ownership rules.

The Wheeler FCC has signaled it may try to restore the TV-station joint sales agreement-tightening rule that a court threw out, done primarily because the commission tightened it before issuing the quadrennial review.

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