NAB: FCC needs to let top TV stations combine


The National Association of Broadcasters continues to press for TV station ownership deregulation, saying a federal rule that bars the common ownership of some of the most successful TV stations in a market needs to go.

NAB lawyers made their latest appeal for a market-driven ownership approach in a Nov. 30 meeting with an aide to Federal Communications Commission Chair Jessica Rosenworcel. A federal appeals court has ordered the FCC to finish its TV station ownership review by Dec. 27.

In a lengthy Dec. 1 letter documenting their FCC session, NAB lawyers said ownership restrictions in place for decades “cannot be justified in today’s competitive video and advertising markets and that the FCC’s past rationales for its top-4 rule do not withstand scrutiny.” NAB also had strong words for several pay-TV industry participants who oppose ownership consolidation among TV stations locally.

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