The FCC amended the 32-year-old absolute ban on newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership by crafting an approach that would presumptively allow a newspaper to own one TV station or one radio station in the 20 largest markets, subject to strict criteria and limitations.
The FCC took measures to help ensure that broadcast stations offer programming responsive to the needs and interests of the communities that they are licensed to serve.
Adopted Report and Order which will expand opportunities for participation in the broadcasting industry by new entrants and small businesses, including minority- and women-owned businesses, to own broadcast outlets.
The FCC today adopted rules to ensure all cable subscribers, including those with analog TV sets, can view broadcast television after the transition to digital television occurs on February 17, 2009. Approximately 35 percent of all television homes, or approximately 40 million households, are analog-only cable subscribers.
The FCC adopted a wideranging series of ownership, eligibility and technical rules and sought comment on additional technical matters in the Low Power FM Third Report and Order and Second Noticed of Proposed Rule. See the Report and Order below adopted 11/27/2007 and released 12/11/2007.