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FCC draft order would change cross-ownership rules

The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission circulated a draft order on Nov. 14 to change the long-standing rules on newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership. The circulation order is not public, but we understand that it would repeal the newspaper/radio cross-ownership ban entirely and permit television-newspaper cross-ownership in the top 20 markets, as long as the co-owned television station is not one of the top-four rated stations and eight media "voices" remain after the combination.

NAA has met with all of the FCC commissioners over the last few weeks to encourage the commission to recalibrate the rule for the 21st century media marketplace. As commissioners review the draft order, NAA is pushing for a more liberal waiver standard that will provide greater flexibility for investments in newspapers by owners of television stations. A vote on the chairman's draft order could come later in the month or in December. Related story: Is the FCC about to take the first step in lifting cross-ownership ban? more


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