Gee, thanks you guys.
As it is there are only a few real owners of almost all the news and programming you see, they just made it easier for them to get even bigger. Don’t miss the part at the very bottom I bolded, a statement by one of the voting members.
FCC Approves Ownership Rule Changes
November 16, 2017 at 10:47 AM (PT)
The FCC voted 3-2 along party lines to make changes to the broadcast ownership rules, the end result of the 2014 quadrennial review of the rules. The vote came TODAY (11/16) at the Commission’s Open Meeting.
The changes include the elimination of the newspaper-broadcast and radio-television cross-ownership rules and several television-specific alterations, including elimination of the Eight-Voices Test and the addition of a case-by-case review option for the current top-four-network prohibition, plus elimination of the attribution rule applied to joint sales agreements and retention of the disclosure rule for shared services agreements. Radio ownership caps remain unchanged, although the Commission did add a presumptive waiver of the rule treating stations in embedded radio markets as part of the larger market for ownership purposes, saying that it will review the proposals by CONNOISSEUR MEDIA in the future and will offer waivers for station deals in those markets until then. And the Commission will also take comments on establishing an incubator program for broadcast ownership diversity.
Clyburn: ‘Glaring’ Problems
Commissioner MIGNON CLYBURN said that the problems with the changes are “glaring” and ripped the majority for having “chosen to take some of the same facts used by this commission just over a year ago to reach the exact opposite conclusion,” pointing out that nothing has changed in 15 months to warrant changes in the treatment of the rules. She charged that the changes are “not really about helping small struggling broadcasters or newspapers… this is really about helping large media companies grow even larger.”
CLYBURN contended that “if our aim were to provide hope for the smallest entities in the tiniest of media markets, we would have adopted a narrowly tailored proposal focused expressly on these financially challenged stations. Instead today’s action, coupled with the recent FCC action including the reinstatement of the UHF discount and the elimination of the main studio rules,
we have paved the way for a new crop of broadcast media empires that will be light years removed from the very local communities they are supposed to serve. These media titans will have degrees of power far beyond the imagination of our local community.”