Supreme Court Declines To Hear Appeals Of FCC Ownership Rules
June 29, 2012 at 8:07 AM (PT)
The Supreme Court has declined to hear appeals by the NAB, TRIBUNE, and MEDIA GENERAL of the FCC's ownership rules. BROADCASTING AND CABLE reports that the court passed on hearing the appeals of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ruling from last JULY upholding the Commission's retention of the ownership rules and overturning the relaxation of the broadcast-newspaper cross-ownership rules on procedural grounds.
NAB EVP/Communications DENNIS WHARTON issued a statement saying, "We're disappointed the Supreme Court declined to review rules that limit local broadcasters' ability to compete with our national and multinational pay programming competitors. NAB will continue to advocate for modernizing ownership rules that stem from an era of 'I Love Lucy'."