FCC's Martin: Ownership Rule Changes Would Not Affect Radio
November 13, 2007
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has announced his specific proposal for changes to the media cross-ownership rules, and doesn't see any need to alter radio ownership caps. In a statement, Martin proposes that the FCC conclude its review of the ownership rules and adopt his suggested changes.
Martin proposes the ban on newspaper-broadcast ownership be amended to allow a newspaper to own one TV station or one radio station, but only in the largest markets and under certain criteria. Martin adds that the FCC should not make any other rule changes, including the cap on radio ownership.
The Chairman argues that the media marketplace has changed greatly since the cross-ownership ban was put into place, with more options for information and news available now, and newspaper circulation declining.
The entire proposal can be read here in PDF format.
Martin also wrote an op-ed piece in today's New York Times, arguing in favor of his proposed ownership rule changes. That column can be read here.