McDowell To Court: Speed Up Cross-Ownership Ruling
April 6, 2009 at 11:12 AM (PT)
FCC Commissioner ROBERT MCDOWELL is urging the Third Circuit Court of Appeals to move forward with a ruling on newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership. In a letter to the court, MCDOWELL pointed out that the FCC's previous motion to delay the ruling, filed when KEVIN MARTIN was still heading the agency, had been withdrawn and that the matter should be decided more swiftly due to the "grave economic situation" facing newspapers.
Acting Chairman MICHAEL COPPS has recently switched his position on cross-ownership and now supports relaxing the rules, but is supporting a delay in any ruling while changes at the Commission settle in.
FCC Issues Another Extension For Cross-Ownership Waiver Requests
The court's delay has prompted the FCC Media Bureau to once again issue an extension of time for COX ENTERPRISES; CALVARY, INC.; BONNEVILLE; SCRANTON TIMES LP; and MORRIS COMMUNICATIONS to file amendments to pending waiver requests or renewal applications or to file requests for permanent waivers of the newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership rule.
The Commission is extending the time periods to allow more time for FCC consideration of the companies' request that the deadline be delayed until 90 days after the issuance of a final court order on pending judicial challenges to the cross-ownership rule.
The new deadline has been pushed back from APRIL 10th to JUNE 9th.