Court of Appeals Rejects Petitions, New Ownership Rules Go In Effect

According to Scott Flick, communications attorney with Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLC, the Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected the efforts of petitioners to block the implementation of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s changes to the broadcast ownership rules.

“That means the changes to the TV duopoly rule, as well as elimination of the radio-TV and newspaper cross-ownership rules, went into effect (on February 7),” Flick said.

“The court also suspended it’s consideration of the appeal for six months because the FCC is still in the process of taking comments on its incubator program to encourage new entrants in broadcasting.  That means the new rules will likely stay in place for the rest of this year before the court considers the pending appeals.”

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