FCC chairman wants to ease media ownership restrictions

10/18/07 Mitch E. Perry
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The New York Times reported today that the head of the FCC has circulated a plan to relax some decades-old media ownership rules and repeal others.

One rule that could go away is the rule forbidding a company from owning both a newspaper and a television or radio station in the same media market. That topic was discussed for more than six hours during a hearing in Tampa earlier this year.

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin says he’s collected enough data to make his case on changing the ownership rules, but critics say just the opposite has occurred.

Yolanda Hippensteele is outreach director with the media reform group Freepress. She says that if Martin wants to go beyond the 3-2 votes in the FCC votes in recent years on this, he still doesn’t have the support of the two Democrats on the panel, Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein.

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