Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Silly Bureaucratic Rules

The Chair of the FCC proposes,
A company that owns a newspaper in one of the 20 largest cities in the country should be permitted to purchase a broadcast TV or radio station in the same market. But a newspaper should be prohibited from buying one of the top four TV stations in its community. In addition, each part of the combined entity would need to maintain its editorial independence.
Does that mean that a newspaper would also be required to sell its TV station if it rose in popularity to the point of being one of the top four stations in the market? If not, it seems like a silly rule that would primarily serve as a burden on competition by other newspapers in the same market.

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