WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Friday left government restrictions in place on the ownership of a newspaper and broadcast station in the same market, turning down an appeal by media companies.
The high court declined to take the case, which involved appeals of a lower court ruling filed by Media General Inc., the National Assn. of Broadcasters, Tribune Co. (which owns the Los Angeles Times) and other media companies
The companies had argued that decades-old Federal Communication Commission rules limiting dual ownership of media outlets in the same city were outdated in the Internet era, when people have many more ways to access news than they did when the rules were first enacted.
"We live today in a world of media convergence, where technology allows access to news
from a wide variety of media platforms," Media General argued in its petition to the Supreme Court. "Unfortunately, the law has not kept pace with technology."