FCC Votes to Retain Cross Ownership Ban

The FCC has voted to retain its ban on newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership. Reuters reports that the panel voted 3-2 along party lines to retain the existing rules, which have been criticized as outdated and not reflecting marketplace trends. The rules circulated to the Commissioners reportedly included Wheeler’s proposal to allow waivers for newspapers or stations determined to qualify as “failing.”

NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton issued a statement in response to the ruling, “NAB strongly disagrees with the FCC’s decision to cling to long-outdated media ownership rules that no longer serve their purpose. For an agency that claims to be forward-thinking and focused on the future, when it comes to broadcasting, the FCC still applies analog regulation in the digital age. Most egregious is the Commission’s failure to remove its cross-ownership rules. The FCC’s greatest accomplishment with its latest order is to further hasten the great decline of our nation’s newspapers and the quality of journalism as a whole.”

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