US High Court Won’t Consider FCC Media Ownership Rules

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By: Jasmin Melvin and James Vicini | Reuters.com

WASHINGTON, June 29 (Reuters) – The Supreme Court on Friday rejected challenges to the Federal Communication Commission’s U.S. media-ownership rules, longtime limits on cross-ownership of a newspaper and a broadcast outlet in a single market.

The justices refused to hear appeals by Media General Inc , by broadcast and newspaper groups and by a broadcasting trade group arguing that the Supreme Court should reconsider past precedents that broadcast “scarcity” justified the ownership restrictions under the Constitution’s First Amendment.

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