NAB is calling for federal regulators to relax rules prohibiting companies from owning two of the top four TV stations in a market, in order to reflect "the tectonic shift in the media landscape." Meanwhile, CBS wants TV and radio outlets to be able to have the same ownership, and Bonneville International and Cox Media Group are among those calling for the end of the radio-newspaper cross-ownership ban.
The "substantial and numerous changes" for the retransmission consent system requested by cable and satellite operators are not needed because the market-based system is working as intended, according to an FCC filing by the NAB. Among the proposed changes broadcasters oppose are rules against joint negotiations; government-required mediation; and including fees, terms and conditions in good-faith bargaining terms.
Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., former chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, is the latest lawmaker to announce his opposition to the FCC's proposal add new rules for broadband providers. A group of 74 Democrats on Monday sent a letter to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, urging him to back down from his plan to impose the new regulations.
The FCC's 2007 decision to give more leeway to newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership should have further deregulated the media business to remove caps on TV and radio ownership, per an NAB filing. The brief was submitted to the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, as part of the challenge to the changes in cross-ownership rules in "Prometheus Radio Project et al. v. FCC."
The FCC is weighing whether to institute a waiver of cross-ownership regulations until a new set of guidelines is issued; the idea for such a waiver was first suggested by a coalition of broadcast groups, including Cox Enterprises, Bonneville International and Morris Communications. In the meantime, companies with broadcast and print outlets in the same cities have been granted a 90-day waiver by the FCC, according to this article.