NABOB Urges FCC Not To Allow Further Consolidation Of Ownership In Broadcasting
January 30, 2013 at 3:57 AM (PT)
The FCC is conducting its quadrennial review of its broadcast ownership rules, and NABOB has been urging the Commission to refrain from further relaxing any of its ownership rules, including its broadcast-newspaper cross-ownership rules.
In letters to the Commissioners and formal Comments filed with the Commission, NABOB explained that, "If large radio group owners are now allowed to combine their multiple station ownership advantage with ownership of a daily newspaper, the group owner will be able to combine the radio and newspaper sales forces, and will be able to offer advertisers a combined radio-newspaper buy, which will leave minority owners even more disadvantaged in their efforts to compete in the marketplace."
NABOB urged the Commission to complete the studies required by the Supreme Court in the ADARAND case (an Affirmative Action and Equal Protection ruling), which would provide the Commission a basis for adopting new policies specifically designed to promote minority broadcast station ownership.