Senators Vote to Block Media Ownership Changes

WASHINGTON, D.C. A key U.S. Senate committee on Thursday voted to retain the limit on TV network size that the Federal Communica-
tions Commission had voted to relax in its overhaul of media ownership regulations.

Because its decision follows an identical move in July by the full U.S. House of Representatives, the Senate Appropriations Committee’s vote appears likely to become law.

The Senate Appropriations Committee unanimously decided TV networks might own stations reaching 35 percent of U.S. TV households.

The FCC in June decided to raise that figure to 45 percent and to relax other media ownership regulations.

That decision has come under attack in Congress and in the courts. On Wednesday a federal court in Philadelphia blocked the new rules from going into effect while it hears legal challenges.

This story updates an item posted on Sept. 3.