FCC may vote on ownership on Nov 27

[via Radio Ink]

The FCC is set to vote on at least part of its media-ownership rules at its next open meeting, set for Tuesday, November 27.

The just-released agenda for the meeting says the FCC will vote on a Report and Order in the 2006 quadrennial rules review and consider a Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking "concerning initiatives designed to increase participation in the broadcasting industry by new entrants and small businesses, including minority- and women-owned businesses."

It's unclear what actions, if any, the agecny may take in the R&O, and which rules will be subject to further consideration under the FNPRM.

Among the rules under review are the local radio ownership rules, which regulate how many stations one company can own in a market. Also on the table are the agency's radio-TV cross ownership and cross-media ownership rules.

FCC Chairman Kevin Martin last week released a proposal to eliminate the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership ban in the top 20 markets if certain conditions are met, with no changes to the radio ownership limit, the radio-TV cross-ownership rules, or the TV-duopoly rule, which are also under review.

That proposal was greeted with protests from Capitol Hill and FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein, and the vote has been scheduled despite pleas from lawmakers to delay any rules changes until a separate localism proceeding has been completed -- and despite the introduction by Sen. Byron Dorgan of the Media Ownership Act of 2007, which would delay an FCC vote on new ownership rules until after it has held a new localism proceeding and considered the recommendations of a diversity task force.

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