Peter Smyth Experiences Deja Vu
January 15, 2008 at 5:44 AM (PT)
GREATER MEDIA CEO PETER SMYTH addresses two FCC topics in his monthly "From The Corner Office" column. Writes SMYTH, "KEVIN MARTIN, chairman of the commission, and a one vote majority has pushed through a relaxation on the cross-ownership rules in the top-20 markets. This change essentially allows broadcasters and newspaper owners in those markets to consolidate."
He continues, "The second interesting development was the notice of proposed rulemaking that would reinstitute regulation of local content for radio stations. Specific items to be monitored and mandated include the type and amount of local programming, how stations are staffed and advised, and perhaps even explanations of how music is chosen for the radio station."
What's SMYTH's take on these points? Check out his article here.