It’s a good thing the FCC started out with three items that all five commissioners could agree upon because that was the end of the harmony at Monday’s meeting. Over strong objections from both Republican commissioners, the FCC voted 3-2 to make it harder for a TV station to sell advertising time for another in the same market.
Did the Federal Communications Commission come close to changing its media ownership rules regarding joint sales agreements and shared service agreements?
The Federal Communications Commission’s review of media ownership rules, now nearly three years late, is likely to drag on even longer.
There has been no honeymoon for Tom Wheeler, the new chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. On his 39th day at the regulatory agency, Wheeler got an earful from the GOP-controlled communications and technology subcommittee. Democrats also weren’t shy about making a few suggestions.
Mike O’Rielly, the GOP nominee for the Federal Communications Commission, and Terrell McSweeny, the Democratic nominee for the Federal Trade Commission, couldn’t be more different. The contrasts were on display during the Senate commerce committee nomination hearing, the first major step in filling out two agencies that have been short-handed for several months.
Acting Federal Communications Commission chairwoman Mignon Clyburn may have turned activist. In a bold move, Clyburn has circulated an item aimed at making sure TV groups don't get any bigger.
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.
Tribune Company is buying Cincinnati-based Local TV Holdings—and its 19 television stations in key markets—for $2.73 billion in cash, the companies said in a statement this morning.
One of the biggest arguments against liberalizing the cross-ownership of media properties in a local market—that it would limit minority and female ownership—was shot down in a study conducted as part of the Federal Communications Commission's long-overdue review of media ownership rules.
Here's a shocker: The Federal Communications Commission's proceeding on media ownership rules is now officially on hold pending an impact study on how cross-ownership affects minority ownership. It could be late spring, even summer, before the proceeding, already two years behind schedule, starts rolling again.