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The FCC's Cross-Ownership Rule: Turning the Page on Media

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Publication Date: May 2008

Publisher(s): Heritage Foundation (Washington, D.C.)

Author(s): James L. Gattuso

Series: Backgrounder

Topic: Media, telecommunications, and information (Mass media)

Keywords: Regulation; internet; competition; radio

Type: Report

Coverage: United States


Critics of the FCC's decision to allow newspapers to be owned jointly with TV and radio stations under certain limited circumstances argue that cross-ownership would lead to a dangerous concentration of power in the media business; in reality, the FCC should have repealed its cross-ownership rule altogether, leaving the protection of choice and competition to well-established antitrust laws.