National Association Of Broadcasters Files Protest Over FCC Cross-Ownership Ban
July 7, 2016 at 12:20 PM (PT)
The NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS has filed an ex parte today regarding the FCC's 1975 ban on crossownership of newspapers and broadcast stations in the same market.
In the letter, NAB presents evidence that the ban is outdated and harms the public interest by hindering local news production, reducing potential sources of investment.
The NAB outlines the drop in newspaper circulation, ad revenue and newsroom employment, citing the disruptive effect of the INTERNET, showing the latter is the source of information for 84% of those surveyed, compared to TV (60%), radio (53%) and newspapers (43%), while 75% rely on "personal sources."
The entire ex parte can be accessed here.