Main Studio Rule Repeal Likely Boon For Local Stations

By Kelcee Griffis (October 26, 2017, 7:50 PM EDT) -- The Federal Communications Commission furthered its deregulatory agenda this week when it voted to nix the "main studio rule," a seven-decade-old requirement that mandated TV and radio broadcasters keep a home base near their community of license. While critics of the move say it will speed national content-sharing and decimate local coverage, many broadcast attorneys say those fears are overblown and local stations will actually benefit from the rollback.

Many broadcasters agreed that the rule hasn't been serving its intended purpose for years. In its absence, stations will be able to reduce overhead costs, add new programming or simply turn a...

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