FCC Allows Some Broadcasters Cross-Ownership


Along a 3-2 party line vote, the FCC approved today a decision allowing media companies in the 20 largest American markets to own both a newspaper and a television or radio station. FCC Chair Kevin J. Martin argued that the media landscape has changed significantly since the 1975 cross-ownership rules barring a single company from owning a newspaper and a broadcast station in the same market were first implemented.

The decision goes against the Senate Commerce Committee’s unanimous vote earlier this month blocking today’s vote. Twenty-six U.S. Senators — including such disparate names as Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Trent Lott and Ted Stevens — have vowed to revoke the decision.

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