Tuesday, December 20, 2011
Supreme Court looks at reversing cross-ownership bans on newspapers and broadcasters, helping newspapers "compete"
On Monday, Dec. 19, L. Gordon Crovitz offered a perspective on litigation filed by Media General in Richmond VA asking the Supreme Court to overturn outmoded rules forbidding cross ownership between newspapers and broadcasters. The link for the p. A17 story (paywall) is here.
The Internet has obviously turned the tables on the ability of powerful newspapers to dominate the local media a half century ago, and the 1996 Telecommunications Act would seem to allow the FCC to loosen the rules (just as it has other provisions like Section 230). But the FCC has been unwilling to use its prerogative.
This story is another piece in the story of newspapers fighting their decline, which we know led some small papers to fall for copyright trolls.