Senate Panel Votes To OK Anti-Cross-Ownership Bill
April 24, 2008 at 11:29 AM (PT)
The SENATE COMMERCE COMMITTEE voted unanimously THURSDAY morning to support a resolution to block the FCC's loosening of newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership restrictions.
Sen. BYRON DORGAN (D-ND) cited reports that RUPERT MURDOCH's NEWS CORP. is about to buy LONG ISLAND daily NEWSDAY from TRIBUNE to pair with the NEW YORK POST, FOX O&O WNYW (TV) (FOX 5), and MY NETWORK TV affiliate WWOR-TV (MY 9)/NEW YORK, as "another example of concentration that I think is unhealthy."
Both Democratic presidential candidates, BARACK OBAMA and HILLARY CLINTON, are co-sponsors of the bill, which faces a veto by President BUSH if the law passes both Houses.