FCC Meeting Agenda Includes Ownership Diversity
April 2, 2009 at 5:29 AM (PT)
The agenda for next WEDNESDAY's FCC open meeting includes items on media ownership diversity and streamlining allotment and assignment policies for AM and FM stations. The Commission is taking up a Report and Order and Fourth Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making on minority and female broadcast ownership, and will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on the new allocation procedures.
FCC To Noncoms On Ch. 6 Rules: Hold Your Horses
The Commission's Media Bureau also issued guidance WEDNESDAY on noncommercial FM interference protection for TV channel 6, clarifying the rule in the light of stations filing proposals based on the contingency of an analog channel 6 vacating the channel in the DTV transition. The bureau says that it will dismiss any application that does not protect channel 6 as licensed on SEPTEMBER 7th, 2008, and will not accept applications that rely on anticipated termination of analog service with the DTV transition or waivers of the rule. The Commission anticipates changing the rule after termination of analog TV services, and says that it will release a public notice sometime after JUNE 12th.