A Vigorous Debate On Ownership Caps

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The Federal Communications Commission opened its media-consolidation debate to the public last week and heard vehement arguments over its proposals to relax media-ownership rules.

At the often-raucous hearing Thursday in Richmond, Va., Deborah McDermott, evp at Young Broadcasting, argued the rules are “essential” for preserving local voices. Thomas Herwitz, president of station operations at Fox Television Stations, said he was “confounded” by that claim, because his 35-station group has added local newscasts after buying stations.

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