FCC Seeks Comment on Cross-Ownership Study

Gives public until Aug. 6 to weigh in on conclusion that impact on diversity is not 'sufficiently material'

The FCC Friday (June 7) put the Minority Media & Telecommunications Council (MMTC)-BIA/Kelsey crossownership study out for public comment after MMTC suggested it would be a good idea.

The commission delayed action on its quadrennial review of media ownership rules until the study of the impact of crossownership on ownership diversity was competed.

The commission has given the public until July 22 to comment. Replies to those comments are due Aug. 6.

The study, which was completed at the end of last month, found that that impact is not "sufficiently
material" to justify tightening or retaining" the crossownership
Consolidation critics have criticized the study, so look for them to be filing comments in the docket.