Broadcasters, Newspapers Call Media Ownership Rules Outdated

First round of comments filed with the FCC

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The media landscape may have changed dramatically, but opinions about the Federal Communications Commission's rules governing media ownership haven't.

In more than 25,000 comments received by the FCC by Monday, broadcast and newspaper owners argued that a 1975 rule barring ownership of both a TV station and a newspaper in a single market was something out of the dark ages. Meanwhile, public interest groups fretted over more media consolidation and losing local community voices.

The FCC proposed in December to relax the ban on cross-ownership in the top 20 markets, essentially codifying waivers granted companies like Tribune and News Corp.

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