NAB Addresses FCC on Media Ownership Rules

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Washington, DC - Nov 4, 2009 - The Federal Communications Commission held a Media Ownership Workshop on Nov. 4, 2009. One of the presenters at the event was Jane E. Mago, executive vice president and general counsel of the National Association of Broadcasters.

In her testimony, Mago outlined the key points in determining realistic ownership rules for broadcasters. She noted that the current restrictions are out of date and need to be revised to ensure the public interest is served.

The main points of her presentation:

  • The basic principle that the FCC should keep in mind as it examines the broadcast ownership rules is that the public interest is best served by permitting broadcasters to compete effectively in the digital multichannel marketplace.
  • The analytical framework for the Commission’s analysis of these rules may be found in the Communications Act, particularly Section 202(h) and the cases interpreting it. Under that framework, the FCC must take current competitive conditions into account as it reviews the broadcast ownership rules.
  • The Commission should base its decisions on real evidence, not unsupported opinion. To that end, it is important to have current, realistic data that fully accounts for the impact that new media sources have on broadcast stations and the audiences they serve.

    Read her entire testimony on the NAB's website.

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