Dorgan Proposes Delay In FCC Ownership Rules Decision
November 8, 2007 at 5:47 AM (PT)
During the SENATE COMMERCE COMMITTEE's hearing on media ownership, localism, and diversity TODAY in WASHINGTON, Sen. BYRON DORGAN (D-ND) announced bipartisan legislation to place a 90-day hold on the FCC's decision whether to loosen its ownership rules.
"We need to get this right," DORGAN said while proposing a three-month delay on a decision, which FCC Chairman KEVIN MARTIN is pushing hard to make by DECEMBER 18th and which some deals, like the one selling TRIBUNE CO. to SAM ZELL, are predicated upon, with the company seeking extended waivers of the cross-ownership rule allowing it to own broadcast stations and newspapers in certain markets.
We need to get this right.