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'Cross-ownership' was barred in the ABC merger.

March 28, 1985

The chairman of the FCC told Congress that he was "dedicated" to preventing a merged ABC and Capital Cities Communications from owning more than one media property in a single city. The two media giants, which earlier this month announced a plan to merge, hold both radio and TV licenses in many of the nation's largest cities and must decide which to sell unless the FCC waives its firm stance against "cross-ownership." FCC Chairman Mark S. Fowler told a Senate Appropriations subcommittee that "I would not be very receptive personally to a waiver request."

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