Copps Open To Relaxing Cross-Ownership Restrictions
March 27, 2009 at 5:15 AM (PT)
In an interview with BLOOMBERG NEWS, FCC Acting Chairman MICHAEL COPPS said that the Commission should consider relaxing the restrictions on cross-ownership of newspaper and broadcast stations to help save newspapers in trouble.
COPPS said that the present ban, for which he in the past has indicated support, does not meet "the needs of the industry, the economy or the public."
COPPS' comment echoes concern by Attorney General ERIC HOLDER and other fellow Democrats about the plight of newspapers and the possibility of relaxing enforcement policies to "conform them to the reality that the industry faces," in HOLDER's words.