FCC Rule Keeping Rupert Murdoch from Buying The Los Angeles Times

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By Chris O'Shea Comment

Rupert Murdoch, according to at least one person, wants to buy The Los Angeles Times. A source told The New York Times that the main obstacle to a deal being made is a FCC rule that prevents one company from owning TV stations and newspapers in the same market. News Corporation already owns LA’s KTTV and KCOP, so the LA Times is off limits.

For now, Murdoch must play the waiting game. Julius Genachowski, the FCC’s chairman, just resigned, and he was a supporter of changing that rule. News Corp.’s lawyers have also been making a push, asking the FCC to “eliminate the cross-ownership rule as a relic from a bygone era.”

Obviously News Corp. wants the rule changed for a reason. Time will tell if that reason ends up being the LA Times.