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Copps May be Softening Stance on Cross-Ownership

Newspaper industry plight may provide impetus for change

Acting FCC Chairman Michael Copps says it may be time for the FCC to revisit the newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership ban.

He told Bloomberg this week the ban on one company owning both a daily newspaper and a broadcast station don’t meet the needs of the industry, the economy or the public.

The new comes as newspapers in several cities are struggling to stay in business.

In 2007, the commission, led by Chairman Kevin Martin, partially-relaxed the ban, allowing one company to own both a daily and a TV station in the largest markets under certain criteria. At the time, Copps opposed the move, saying the FCC was “rushing to encourage more media frenzy.”