Court Rules In Favor Of FCC's Current Radio Rules
July 7, 2011 at 5:17 PM (PT)
A 2008 decision by the FCC has been upheld by The Third Circuit Court of Appealsin PHILADELPHIA, with radio ownership rules remaining the same -- including AM/FM subcaps. Radio/TV cross-ownership limits also remain in place. The court ruled the FCC,"didn't give the public adequate opportunity to comment on new rules that lifted the ban in the 20 largest media markets. The appeals court sent the rules back to the FCC to be rewritten," reports THE ASSOCIATED PRESS.
The ruling by the Court rejected using HD Radio multicasts to lift the subcaps.
In response to the decision this morning by the Third Circuit Court of Appeals regarding the FCC's broadcast ownership rules, NAB EVP/Communications DENNIS WHARTON said, "There have been sweeping changes in the media landscape since most of the broadcast ownership rules were adopted decades ago. NAB believes that modest reform of rules to allow free and local broadcasters to compete successfully in a universe of national pay TV and radio platforms is warranted."
MEDIA ACCESS PROJECT Leader ANDREW JAY SCHWARTZMAN, told THE AP, "We're extremely pleased that the court recognized that the public has a right to a diverse media environment."
THE MINORITY MEDIA AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL offered its own response: "Today, in PROMETHEUS RADIO PROJECT v. FCC, the Third Circuit of the U.S. COURT OF APPEALS issued a resounding reaffirmance of the profound value of minority and women ownership of broadcast facilities, and of the FCC’s responsibility to be much more aggressive in pursuing this vital national goal. MMTC looks forward to working closely with the FCC to assist the agency in rapidly following through on the Court’s instructions."