Entertainment Law Reporter
July 2006 Volume 28 Number 2

FCC to give further consideration to media ownership rules

The Federal Communications Commission is considering, once again, its rules concerning media ownership. Its current efforts were required by a federal Court of Appeals decision which remanded – for “additional justification or modification” – several media ownership rules the FCC had adopted in 2002 (ELR 26:6:11).

At the same time, the FCC has begun a comprehensive “quadrennial review” of all of its media ownership rules, as the FCC is required by statute.

In all, the FCC is seeking comment on rules dealing with: Local Television Ownership Limit; Local Radio Ownership Limit; Newspaper Broadcast Cross-ownership Ban; Radio Television Cross-ownership Limit; Dual Network Ban; UHF discount on the National Television Ownership Limit.

In the Matter of 2006 Quadrennial Regulatory Review, Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, FCC 06-93 (July 2006), available at http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/FCC-06-93A1.pdf