Media Ownership Court Arguments Delayed


CourthouseBroadcasters challenging the lack of action on the FCC’s 2010 quadrennial media ownership review face another delay.

Arguments set for this week were postponed because the case has been transferred.

This marks the third consecutive quadrennial media ownership review to be settled in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, according to Wiley on Media. (The case had been before the D.C. Circuit.)

At issue is the commission’s failure to complete the 2010 review. The agency rolled the 2010 into the 2014 review, which is expected to be completed in 2016.

Also at issue is the adoption of a new attribution standard for television Joint Sales Agreements. The agency made JSAs that account for more than 15% of the weekly ad time for the brokered station attributable toward the ownership totals of the same-market brokering station.