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BRIEFLY

January 19, 1988

The Federal Communications Commission said it would not consider extending further temporary waivers to publisher Rupert Murdoch that would allow him to continue owning newspapers and TV stations in New York and Boston. Federal regulation currently forbids ownership of TV and newspapers in the same city. The FCC decision comes as no surprise, as Congress attached to its catchall spending bill an amendment barring extensions. But Murdoch applied for them anyway. Now that the FCC has said it will not challenge Congress, Murdoch is expected to take his case to federal appeals court to have the amendment voided. Murdoch has until March 6 to sell either the New York Post or WNYW and until June 30 to sell the Boston Herald or WFXT.

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