Media Ownership Rules “In Regulatory Stasis”


US CongressThe agenda is shaping up for Friday’s broadcast media ownership hearing in the House.

Oregon Republican Greg Walden’s Subcommittee on Communications and Technology now plan a 9:30 a.m. start, a little later than initially planned.

Observing that the FCC has fallen behind on its quadrennial review of its media ownership rules, the rules “have existed in regulatory stasis for over 12 years,” according to the subcommittee.

Experts, including NAB, plan to discuss the newspaper/broadcast cross ownership ban, local ownership limits for both radio and television as well as the national TV cap, joint sales agreements and the minority tax certificate.

RBR+TVBR observation: Here is AM/FM and television’s chance to impress upon lawmakers the difficulties of owning stations under the current regulatory restrictions, which have not kept pace with the other — competing — industries the commission regulates.