When the FCC meets in March for its quadrennial review, the Commission is not expected to make any changes to the cross-ownership rules for broadcasters and newspaper owners. Sources tell Broadcasting & Cable that the agenda will likely focus on TV stations' joint sales agreements, and that new FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is not prioritizing the cross-ownership rules.
Former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski proposed loosening the broadcast-newspaper cross-ownership ban in 2010, as well as lifting the ban on TV-radio and newspaper-radio ownership combinations. B&C's sources say these changes will be pushed into a further notice, allowing for more input and comments on the potential changes and their effects. For example, how these changes would effect ownership diversity, a topic the FCC had promised to launch a study on but has yet to complete.