FCC Hits Gray With $518K Fine For Evading Local TV Limit

By Christopher Cole (July 8, 2021, 9:37 PM EDT) -- Despite restoring relaxed local media ownership limits a month ago following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling, the Federal Communications Commission slapped Gray Television with the largest permissible fine for violating a tougher, earlier version of a rule restricting one broadcaster's hold on a market's top-rated TV stations.

In a notice released Wednesday, the FCC said Gray Television Inc. must pay a $518,283 fine, the statutory maximum for a single violation by a broadcaster, for skirting a rule that generally bars the same company from owning two full-power TV stations in the same designated market area if both stations are rated among the market's top four.

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