FCC's McDowell Criticizes 'Localism' Regulation
January 14, 2010 at 4:47 AM (PT)
In a column at TUCKER CARLSON's new DAILY CALLER website, FCC Commissioner ROBERT MCDOWELL takes aim at the campaign being waged for "localism" regulation, asserting that while "localism as a business imperative is more compelling in today’s fragmented media marketplace than ever before," regulation establishing "community advisory boards" and stringent guidelines for license renewals are "an outmoded regulatory construct."
MCDOWELL warns radio stations that while the new "Enhanced Disclosure" form applies to TV stations, "Radio licensees should be grateful that the TV folks were in the cross-hairs on the form first, but they might not be left alone for long. Whatever final guise it may take, the form is likely to become a main weapon in challenges to future license renewals."
Read the column by clicking here.