The FCC has completed its Biennial Review of its broadcast ownership rules and proposes to retain, but modify three rules: (1) the dual network rule to allow common ownership of an established TV network (ABC, CBS, FOX, NBC) and an emerging network (WBTN or UPN); (2) the definition of local radio markets and the methods of calculating the number of stations in a market and the number of radio stations a party owns in a particular market; and (3) the newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership rule so that it is tailored to cover those situations where it is necessary to protect the public interest. The Commission also proposes to eliminate its restriction on multiple ownership of experimental broadcast stations. by Report. Action by: the Commission. Adopted: May 26, 2000. News Media Contact: David Fiske (202) 418-0500. MMB Contact: Roger Holberg at (202) 418-2134, Dan Bring at (202) 418-2170.
Posted: June 21, 2005