|Senate to examine FCC media rules|
|12 Dec 2007 7:12pm EST - By Brooks Boliek|
WASHINGTON -- FCC chairman Kevin Martin Goes into the firing line again Thursday as the Senate Commerce Committee takes a hard look at his plans to reshape the media landscape.
Martin is likely to find himself under attack from both the left and the right over proposals he is pushing the commission to approve on Dec. 18 that would significantly unfetter media companies that wish to own both newspapers and TV stations in the same market, while at the same time he is pushing a rule that would prevent any cable company from serving more than 30% of pay-TV subscribers nationally
His push to alter the rules, in a particular the newspaper-TV station cross ownership ban, are garnering considerable controversy as no one seems to like the plan.
Broadcasters and newspaper publishers have criticized the Martin plan to allow one company to own a newspaper and TV station in the top 20 markets if the TV station is not among the top four stations in that city as being too tame. The Tribune Co., which has the most at stake in the cross-ownership battle, has asked the federal appeals court to strike down the order, even as Martin's proposal appeared to be a gift to the company which numbers the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and several TV stations among its properties. Visit HollywoodReporter.com for more ...
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