WASHINGTON — On Wednesday, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia found that the Federal Communications Commission had “unreasonably delayed” action to promote broadcast diversity and to increase opportunities for ownership of local TV and radio stations by women and people of color.
Washington — On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission approved Sinclair Broadcast Group's $985 million acquisition of several Allbritton TV stations, along with NewsChannel 8 in Washington. The final deal is far different from the one Sinclair initially proposed in July 2013. And today’s FCC approval came only after Sinclair was forced to alter the deal in response to opposition by Free Press.
WASHINGTON — On Thursday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that the agency will take a closer look at television station "sharing arrangements." These agreements allow a single conglomerate to control multiple stations in the same market, skirting FCC rules that are supposed to preserve independence and diversity on the airwaves.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- On Thursday, it was standing room only in Nile Hall at Preservation Park as hundreds of Oakland residents gathered to tell Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler about the issues that matter most to them. The event, hosted by the Voices for Internet Freedom Coalition in partnership with the Center for Media Justice, Free Press, ColorOfChange and the National Hispanic Media Coalition, was the chairman’s first community event outside the Beltway.
OAKLAND, Calif. -- On Thurs., Jan. 9, Voices for Internet Freedom, in partnership with the Center for Media Justice, Free Press, ColorOfChange and the National Hispanic Media Coalition, will host a town-hall event in Oakland featuring Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler.
Oakland Voices: A Town Hall on Our Right Communicate will give Oakland community members an opportunity to share their stories — and to tell Chairman Wheeler about the impacts of an increasingly corporate media environment.
WASHINGTON -- On Friday, the Federal Communications Commission approved Gannett’s acquisition of Belo and Tribune’s acquisition of Local TV. The two deals involve the sale of nearly 40 stations in cities including Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Louisville, Norfolk, Va., Phoenix, Portland, Ore., Seattle and St. Louis.
WASHINGTON -- On Monday, stories broke that the Federal Communications Commission would no longer pursue an order put forth by then-Chairman Julius Genachowski that would have gutted the agency’s newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rules.
The FCC did not indicate what its plans were for the order, which was a part of the 2010 Quadrennial Review, nor did it specify its plans for the upcoming 2014 review.
WASHINGTON -- On Monday, the Department of Justice announced that it would require Gannett to divest TV station KMOV in St. Louis before it would consider approving Gannett’s acquisition of Belo’s 20 stations.
KMOV is the CBS affiliate in St. Louis. Without the divestiture, Gannett would have controlled two major network affiliates in this market. This would have violated the Federal Communications Commission’s broadcast ownership rules — and according to the DoJ, it would have harmed competition in the local advertising market.