FCC May Take Tiered Approach To Loosen Ownership Caps

According to a report from Inside Radio, the Federal Communications Commission is set to launch its quadrennial media ownership review later this year.

The agency is setting a course for allowing radio operators to not only own more stations in some markets, but also change the mix of what’s allowed on each band. Specifics are still undetermined; however, the tentative proposal would potentially offer a tiered approach to radio ownership rules.

In the largest metro areas, the current eight-station cap would only be loosened slightly, such as with a repeal of the AM/FM subcaps. A bit more deregulation would be cleared in mid-sized markets, such as raising the current six-station cap to allow an owner to operate seven or eight stations.

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