Broadcast Law Blog

Broadcast Law Blog

Tag Archives: multiple ownership

Supreme Court Declines Review of Janet Jackson “Wardrobe Malfunction” and Multiple Ownership Rules

Posted in Multiple Ownership Rules
The U.S. Supreme Court today denied certiorari (i.e. declined review) in two important FCC-related cases pending before it.  First, following the Court’s recent decision in the Fox indecency case, which we described here, the Court not surprisingly refused to review the Third Circuit’s decision vacating the $550,000 FCC fine for the Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction" in the 2004 Super Bowl … Continue Reading

Julius Genachowski as New FCC Chair – What Will It Mean to Broadcasting’s Future?

Posted in General FCC, Internet Radio, Internet Video, Multiple Ownership Rules, Public Interest Obligations/Localism
The press was abuzz yesterday with the news that Julius Genachowski is apparently the pick of the Obama Administration for the position of FCC Chairman.  Mr. Genachowski was at the FCC during the Reed Hundt Administration, and has since worked in the private sector in the telecommunications industry, including work with Barry Diller and running … Continue Reading

Gazing Into the Crystal Ball – The Outlook for Broadcast Regulation in 2009

Posted in Advertising Issues, AM Radio, Broadcast Performance Royalty, Cable Carriage, Digital Radio, Digital Television, EEO Compliance/Diversity, Fairness Doctrine, General FCC, Indecency, Internet Radio, Low Power Television/Class A TV, Multiple Ownership Rules, Payola and Sponsorship Identification, Political Broadcasting, Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism
Come the New Year, we all engage in speculation about what’s ahead in our chosen fields, so it’s time for us to look into our crystal ball to try to discern what Washington may have in store for broadcasters in 2009. With each new year, a new set of regulatory issues face the broadcaster from the … Continue Reading

Detroit Newspapers Cut Back on Publishing and Home Delivery – What’s the Impact on FCC Ownership Regulation?

Posted in Multiple Ownership Rules, On Line Media
Yesterday, the Detroit Free Press and the Detroit Morning News, which operate their publication and distribution operations through a joint operating agreement, announced that they will cut back on the physical publication of their papers – publishing full editions delivered to homes only three days a week.  On other days, the papers will publish an … Continue Reading

Senate Resolution of Disapproval on Multiple Ownership – What Does it Mean?

Posted in Multiple Ownership Rules
Last week, the US Senate passed a resolution of disapproval, which seeks to overturn the FCC’s December decision relaxing the multiple ownership rules to allow newspapers and television stations to come under common ownership in the nation’s largest markets (see our summary of the FCC decision here).  This vote, by itself, does not overturn that … Continue Reading

Adverse Change in Arbitron Market Blocks Radio Acquisition Under Multiple Ownership Rules

Posted in Multiple Ownership Rules
In a recent decision, the FCC interpreted its radio multiple ownership rules in a case involving changes in an Arbitron market.  The FCC’s rules restrict the number of radio stations that one company can own in a market based on how many stations are in that radio market.  In situations where stations are rated in an Arbitron … Continue Reading

FCC Takes Actions to Increase Diversity in Broadcast Ownership

Posted in Advertising Issues, EEO Compliance/Diversity, Multiple Ownership Rules
At its December meeting, at the same time as it adopted rules relaxing the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rules, the FCC adopted new rules to expand diversity in the ownership of broadcast stations, encouraging new entrants into such ownership.  The full text of that decision was just released last week, providing a number of specific rule changes … Continue Reading

FCC Issues Text of Its Multiple Ownership Decision – New Combinations for Newspapers and TV, No Ownership Changes for Radio

Posted in Multiple Ownership Rules
The FCC this week released the full text of its decision on the revision of the multiple ownership rules that it adopted at its December 18 meeting.  While the text goes into great detail on the decision to relax the newspaper-television cross ownership restrictions (causing the ruling to be condemned by consolidation critics), the order is very brief … Continue Reading

FCC to Hold Open Meeting Featuring Bureau Chief Presentations – While Congress Investigates

Posted in General FCC, Multiple Ownership Rules
The FCC has released the agenda for its first open meeting of the year, scheduled for this Thursday, January 17, 2008.  The agenda consists solely of presentations by the various Bureau Chiefs discussing their various policies and procedures in implementing the agency’s "strategic plan."  Such an agenda, while not common, is not unheard of, especially for the first … Continue Reading

FCC Clarifies Permissible Activities of Nonattributable Investors

Posted in Multiple Ownership Rules
Investors in broadcast properties often seek to have their interests "insulated" from "attribution"   meaning that the interests do not count in a multiple ownership analysis.  In other words, if a party has an attributable interest in a company owning a broadcast station, that interest counts in determining whether the party can, under the FCC’s multiple … Continue Reading

FCC Adopts Changes in Newpaper-Broadcast Cross Ownership Rules – No Relief For Broadcasters Under Other Ownership Rules

Posted in Multiple Ownership Rules, Television
The FCC today adopted Commissioner Martin’s proposal for limited multiple ownership relaxation, adopting a presumption in favor of approving the common ownership of a broadcast station and a daily newspaper in the Top 20 television markets (we wrote about that proposal here).  But the grant of such combinations would not be automatic, but instead would … Continue Reading

Ownership Waivers All Around – FCC Approves Sales of Tribune and Clear Channel TV

Posted in Multiple Ownership Rules
With a possible decision looming on December 18 on the Chairman’s proposal to loosen the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rules (see our summary here and here), the FCC this week granted two applications involving the sales of the Tribune Company and of the Clear Channel television stations, where the decisions focused on the application of the multiple ownership … Continue Reading

What Chairman Martin’s Multiple Ownership Proposals Omit – No Relief for Radio and TV

Posted in Multiple Ownership Rules, Television
Yesterday’s unique Public Notice outlining Chairman Martin’s proposals for reform of the multiple ownership rules (which we summarized here) is a surprisingly restrained and limited approach to relaxation of the ownership rules – proposing to relax only the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership prohibitions, and only in the Top 20 TV markets.  Moreover, the reform would only allow the combination of a daily newspaper … Continue Reading

Chairman Martin Proposes His Multiple Ownership Modifications – Only Proposing to Change Newspaper-Broadcast Cross-Ownership

Posted in Multiple Ownership Rules
In a Public Notice released today, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin announced his intention to modify only the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rule, among all of the multiple ownership rules under consideration.  That rule prohibits ownership of a broadcast station and daily newspaper in the same market.   Somewhat surprisingly, Martin proposes to leave all other multiple ownership rules untouched.  … Continue Reading

Copps Calls for FCC Proceeding to Consider News Corporation’s Acquisition of Wall Street Journal

Posted in License Renewal, Multiple Ownership Rules, Television
In an unusual action, Commissioner Michael Copps last week publicly released a letter he wrote to Chairman Martin ( whose office is just down the hall from Copps’ office on the Eighth Floor of the FCC’s headquarters in Washington) urging the Chairman to initiate a proceeding to determine if the News Corporation’s acquisition of the … Continue Reading

Push to Complete Multiple Ownership Overhaul By the End of the Year

Posted in Digital Radio, Multiple Ownership Rules, Television
According to an article yesterday in Broadcasting and Cable Online, and another article in the New York Times today, Chairman Martin of the FCC is looking to complete the multiple ownership proceeding (which we summarized here) by the middle of December.  According to the Times article, the Chairman is looking for relaxation of the current newspaper-broadcast cross ownership … Continue Reading

One Sign That Broadcasters Are About to Become Political Footballs – Obama Suggests Shorter Broadcast License Terms and Less Consolidation

Posted in Advertising Issues, Children's Programming and Advertising, Indecency, License Renewal, Multiple Ownership Rules, Programming Regulations, Public Interest Obligations/Localism, Television
At last Thursday’s Public Hearing on multiple ownership in Chicago, about which we wrote here, a statement was read by a spokesman for Presidential candidate Barack Obama.  According to press reports, the statement expressed the candidate’s positions favoring shorter license renewal terms for broadcasters so that they would be subject to more public scrutiny, as well as … Continue Reading

A New Push to Address Multiple Ownership?

Posted in Multiple Ownership Rules, Television
Over a year ago, the FCC released its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on amendments to the FCC’s multiple ownership rules.  Issues from newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership, to local TV and radio ownership limits are all being considered.  Our summary of the issues raised in the NPRM is available here.  The FCC has been holding field hearings throughout … Continue Reading

Study Released Showing Effects of Broadcast Consolidation – Broadcasters Should Pay Attention

Posted in Multiple Ownership Rules
In the last few months, attention of the broadcast press has been focused on the pressing regulatory issues of the day - matters such as content regulation (indecency, violence and junk food advertising), the digital conversion of radio and TV, and the new digital media landscape and its impact on broadcasters (XM/Sirius, You Tube and Internet video, and … Continue Reading