NAB says the FCC has no authority, and no basis grounded in diversity or competition concerns, to change the local radio ownership limits as passed by Congress in the 1996 Telecommunications Act. NAB made these assertions in comments filed with the FCC about media ownership rules. Studies conducted for NAB show that consolidation has led to greater diversity of programming and anti-competitive behavior among stations is thwarted by the “volatility of listening” among stations and the ease of improving ratings by changing formats, stated the association. Reply comments to MM Dockets 01-317 and 00-244 are due April 24.
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Big Broadcasters Weigh in on Radio Ownership Changes
Deadline for reply comments is May 29