FCC Chairman Defends Media Ownership Plan

Law360, New York (December 5, 2007, 12:00 AM EST) -- Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin Martin stood behind his plan to change a 32-year-old ban on media cross-ownership before a congressional subcommittee Wednesday.

In prepared remarks before the House subcommittee on telecommunications and the Internet, Martin argued that allowing cross-ownership would bolster local news coverage by helping companies share costs across many different media.

“This relatively minor loosening of the ban on newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership in markets where there are many voices and sufficient competition would help strike a balance between ensuring the quality of local news...
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