/// Is the FCC Making a Move to Stop TV Groups From Getting Any Bigger?

August 3, 2013  |  Media Week

Acting Federal Communications Commission chairwoman Mignon Clyburn may have turned activist. In a bold move, Clyburn has circulated an item aimed at making sure TV groups don't get any bigger. Over the past few months, a flurry of mergers among TV broadcasters—including Gannett-Belo, Tribune-Local TV, Sinclair-Allbritton, and Media General-Young Broadcasting—have given media consolidation critics heart palpitations. The notice of proposed rulemaking that showed up Friday as a single line on the FCC's website offered no detail. Here's what it said: “Amendment of Section 73.3555(e) of the commission's rules, national television multiple ownership rule, notice of proposed rule making ('NPRM').” Here's what it means: The rule cited governs how TV stations are counted against the FCC's ownership cap, which restricts TV groups to owning properties that reach no more than 39 percent of the nation's TV households. How a station counts towards the ownership cap depends on its frequency.

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