FCC RECONSIDERS MEDIA OWNERSHIP RULES

By: Staff Reports

Changing World Demands Reevaluation of Rules



In light of proposed mergers like Tribune-Times Mirror, the Federal Communications
Commission is considering greater deregulation for media ownership rules, The
Associated Press reports.



Up for review is the rule restricting one company from owning a broadcast station
and daily newspaper in the same market. FCC Commissioner Susan Ness earlier this
week said the five commissioners have received recommendations on various changes
from staff members.



Broadcast companies are watching to see if the FCC might modify the rule forbidding
them from owning two or more networks in certain combinations. ‘The world has changed,’
Ness told the Senate Commerce Committee at a hearing. ‘All broadcasters and newspapers
are trying to compete in a rapidly changing world.’



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