• FCC Media Consolidation Decision
  • December 6, 2003 | Authors: Mitchell F. Brecher; Judith D. O'Neill
  • Law Firms: Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Washington Office ; Greenberg Traurig, LLP - New York Office
  • On June 2, 2003, a bitterly-divided Federal Communications Commission enacted new rules governing ownership of broadcast television and radio stations. The vote was along party lines, with the three Republican FCC Commissioners (including FCC Chairman Michael Powell) voting to modify in important respects the rules governing how many television stations may be owned by a single entity, how much of the population may be reached by stations owned by major television networks, and whether, and under what circumstances, there may be common ownership of newspapers and broadcast stations in the same geographic markets.