On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission proposed rules that would further weaken media ownership limits for local newspapers and broadcast stations. The agency’s proposal is strikingly similar to one adopted in 2007 under former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin. Those rules were met with overwhelming public opposition from across the country, as well as from bipartisan leaders in Congress, and were thrown out by a federal appeals court last summer.
The FCC is required by Congress to review its media ownership rules every four years. Today’s proposal also tees up a number of critical issues that the FCC is expected to address in the coming months, including the growing problem of covert consolidation of broadcast television stations through shared services arrangements. [FULL STORY]
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