Pai, O’Rielly Dissenters In FCC Cross-Ownership

Michael O'Rielly
FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly

Republican FCC Commissioners Ajit Pai and Michael O’Rielly are the lone dissenters on what is now known as a 3-2 decision to largely keep the Commission’s 41-year-old broadcast cross-ownership rules intact.

The release of the nearly 200-page Second Report and Order on August 25 revealed one new detail: “Minor modifications” were made to the rules, making it now permissible for a single company to own a broadcast station or newspaper in a given market if either media property “is failed or failing.”

“Viewpoint diversity” was perhaps the key consideration in how the FCC reviewed its rules, and how Commissioners ultimately voted.

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Adam R Jacobson is a veteran radio industry journalist and advertising industry analyst with general, multicultural and Hispanic market expertise. From 1996 to 2006 he served as an editor at Radio & Records.