media consolidation

FCC Approves Gannett and Tribune Acquisitions

The Federal Communications Commission has approved two of the year's biggest TV station deals involving the sale of nearly 40 stations: Gannett's $1.5 billion purchase of Belo and Tribune's $2.73 billion purchase of Local TV.

Walden Comes Out Swinging Against FCC Rule Change to Cap Size of TV Groups

In what is turning out to be a highly contentious rulemaking, the Federal Communications Commission voted 2-1 along party lines to begin the process of changing how TV stations are counted toward the 39 percent national ownership cap. The proposed rulemaking is already catching flak from Rep. Greg Walden (R-Ore.), the lawmaker whose subcommittee has jurisidiction over the FCC.

Public Interest Groups, Cable Companies Oppose Gannett-Belo Merger

Gannett's $2.2 billion deal to buy Belo to become a 43 TV station super group is opening up some old-media consolidation wounds in Washington.

Rockefeller Finally Weighs In on Wheeler FCC Nom

Maybe because everyone in Washington already spent months chewing over Tom Wheeler's qualifications as the next chairman of the Federal Communications Commission—or maybe it was because Congress was on a brief recess—Congressional reaction to the Wheeler's official nomination was sparse. But hotly anticipated was a statement from Sen.

Sen. Lautenberg, News Corp. Critic, Won’t Seek Re-Election in 2014

Sen. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.), a persistent critic of News Corp. and media consolidation, said Thursday he will not seek re-election in 2014. The 89-year-old Senator confirmed his plans to the Newark, N.J.-based Star-Ledger, but will make a formal announcement tomorrow in Paterson, N.J.