Court Tosses FCC’s Relaxed Ownership Rule

By: Gautham Nagesh | Hillicon Valley

A federal court rejected a rule change from the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday that would have made it easier for a single company to own both a newspaper and broadcast TV station in the same local market on technical grounds.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third District ruled the FCC failed to give stakeholders adequate opportunity to comment before relaxing a three-decade ban on companies owning both types of media outlets.

Public-interest groups that challenged the FCC’s rules claimed a victory despite the fact the court upheld most of the rest of the FCC’s 2008 media ownership decision.

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