NAB Criticizes FCC’s Hold on Ownership Rules

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) 2014 Quadrennial Review of media ownership regulations was posted in the Federal Register last week. In response, the National Association of Broadcasters sharply criticized the agency for retaining ownership rules that are stuck in the ‘70s.

In the blog post, entitled “Let’s Do the Time Warp Again—The FCC’s Ownership Rules Remain Stuck in 1975,” the NAB’s senior deputy general counsel Jerianne Timmerman attacked the commission for keeping the ban on the common ownership of a daily newspaper and a radio or TV station in the same market

Timmerman writes: “In maintaining a ban adopted in 1975, the FCC essentially concluded that little or nothing of importance has changed in the news industry and the marketplace position of print newspapers and broadcast stations for the past 41 years—a nonsensical position on its face.”