Senators Voice Concern To FCC Over Multiple Station Operations
November 18, 2009 at 5:57 PM (PT)
Senators JOHN KERRY (D-MA) and CHARLES GRASSLEY (R-IA) have written to FCC Chairman JULIUS GENACHOWSKI asking for the FCC to look at the effect of multiple station operations when it reviews its ownership rules. The Senators voiced concern in the letter over merging of television news operations under duopoly ownership.
The letter appears to concentrate on the multiple ownership issue as it pertains to television and may be in response to the unusual deal in HONOLULU in which RAYCOM arranged to operate three TV stations, taking over operation of CBS affiliate KGMB-TV from MCG CAPITAL and adding it to its NBC affiliate KHNL-TV, swapping the calls and programming of its MY NETWORK TV affiliate KFVE-TV to MCG. The arrangement has raised eyebrows among critics, and the FCC last month asked for more information about the shared services contract.