/// Study: Cross-Ownership of Media Doesn’t Impact Minorities

May 30, 2013  |  Media Week

One of the biggest arguments against liberalizing the cross-ownership of media properties in a local market—that it would limit minority and female ownership—was shot down in a study conducted as part of the Federal Communications Commission's long-overdue review of media ownership rules. Submitted Thursday to acting FCC chairwoman Mignon Clyburn, the study concluded that “cross-media interests' impact on minority and women broadcast ownership is not sufficiently material to be a material justification for tightening or retaining the rules.” Clyburn had pushed for a study of the impact of cross-ownership on minority and women earlier this year when the FCC was deadlocked over former FCC chairman Julius Genachowski's draft that proposed to lift the ban on owning a newspaper and radio station in the same market. The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council offered to commission and pay for the independent study, promising to deliver it to the FCC by the end of May.

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