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FCC Moves to End TV-Newspaper Ownership Ban

  • Broadcast rules long targeted by GOP headed to trash bin
  • FCC chairs unveils plan at congressional hearing in Washington
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The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission said he’ll move to weaken or kill local media ownership restrictions next month, potentially clearing the way for more consolidation among companies that own TV and radio stations.

Chairman Ajit Pai told Congress he’ll ask the FCC, where he leads a Republican majority, to eliminate the rule barring common ownership of a newspaper and nearby broadcast station, and to revise restrictions on owning multiple broadcast outlets in a single market.