Nets Look for Venue Change Again


CBS, Fox and NBC are making another try at moving lawsuits attacking the
Federal Communications Commission’s new ownership rules from a Philadelphia
Federal Appeals Court to its sibling venue in Washington, D.C.

The networks Monday requested that the full lineup of the Philadelphia court's
judges grant an en banc review of a decision last week to retain the case by a three-judge panel of the court.

The networks repeated their argument that the D.C. court is the appropriate
arena because it has ruled on previous ownership cases and the latest FCC rules
are a result of that court's order to rewrite previous incarnations of the

The networks have filed suit asking that the new 45% national TV-ownership
cap be raised or eliminated altogether.

Other suits in the consolidated case include activists' bid to reinstate the
previous, tighter rules and broadcasters' efforts to relax restrictions on TV