FCC Tries Again To Loosen Media Cross-Ownership Ban

Law360, New York (December 22, 2011, 7:33 PM EST) -- The Federal Communications Commission again proposed to relax its ban on companies owning newspapers and television stations in the same market Thursday, suggesting that such combinations should be considered on a case-by-case basis.

The proposal, one of several the FCC agreed to on media ownership rules Thursday, largely echoes a 2006 plan that was struck down by the Third Circuit in July based on procedural irregularities.

"We continue to believe that the nation’s largest markets can accommodate some cross-ownership without unduly harming viewpoint diversity," the agency...
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