SUPREME COURT WILL REVIEW MEDIA OWNERSHIP RULES

The FCC gets the high court to review a lower court's order to examine how deregulation would impact ownership of TV and radio stations by women and minorities.

The FCC gets the high court to review a lower court’s order to examine how deregulation would impact ownership of TV and radio stations by women and minorities.

The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to take up cases examining media ownership rules. On Friday, the high court announced that it would be reviewing a lower court’s direction to the FCC to examine how proposed deregulation would impact ownership of TV and radio stations by women and minorities.

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As part of a mandate under the Telecommunications Act, the FCC examines ownership rules every four years. Back in 2002, the media regulatory agency decided that in light of new media sources like the internet, it no longer made sense anymore to maintain a ban on a given company owning a local newspaper and broadcast station in a single market. The FCC also reconsidered its restrictions of ownership of multiple local television stations. But the FCC’s changes ran into the 3rd Circuit Court of Appeals, which has since repeatedly put its foot down to attempts at deregulation.

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