Is the FCC About to Take the First Step in Lifting Cross-Ownership Ban?
Draft would allow newspaper-radio combos
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If the Federal Communications Commission votes in favor of chairman Julius Genachowski's proposed order on the media ownership rules, it will represent a significant step toward complete deregulation.
In the order circulated late Wednesday, Genachowski proposed to completely eliminate the ban on newspaper-radio combinations in any size market. The regulator would still leave in place the other modification of the rule proposed in 2007, to lift the ban on owning a newspaper and TV station in the top 20 markets.