Court Rejects Request to Stay UHF Discount

According to a report in TVNewsCheck, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit denied the emergency stay motion filed by public interest groups that sought to prevent the FCC from implementing its decision to reinstate the so-called UHF discount that the groups claim will “make it easier for the nation’s largest television ownership groups to acquire additional stations and crowd out diverse and local voices.” A stay would have prevented the UHF discount from going into effect while the court hears the case on its merits. Restoring the UHF discount to its national ownership rule, in effect, raises the limit on household coverage of TV station groups from 39% to 78%.

The FCC had urged the court to deny the stay, saying the public interest groups’ request fell “far short” of meeting the criteria for a stay.

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