Supreme Court to Review FCC Push to Undo Media Ownership Restrictions

Chairman Ajit Pai has called for rules banning cross-ownership of TV stations and newspapers in top markets to be overturned

The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday said it will review a decades-old legal battle over whether the Federal Communications Commission can make media ownership rules less restrictive. In particular, the court will review a ban that has been in place since 1975, barring cross-ownership of TV stations and newspapers in major American cities (although some exceptions have been made).

The ban has gained renewed interest from the FCC in recent years. In October 2017, the FCC, led by Trump-appointed chairman Ajit Pai, voted to remove the ban, along with restrictions on local media advertising. Pai also proposed changes that would make it easier for one company or owner to control two TV stations in a single market.

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Sean Burch

Sean Burch

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