November 6, 2002 |
The Federal Communications Commission's ambitious initiative to review the nation's media-ownership restrictions fell slightly behind schedule Tuesday as the agency agreed to extend the public-comment period by 30 days. But FCC officials said they still hoped to complete the comprehensive review by next spring as planned. Under pressure from consumer groups and Democratic Commissioner Michael J. Copps, FCC Media Bureau Chief W. Kenneth Ferree agreed to give interested parties until Jan.
October 5, 2002 |
The Federal Communications Commission is preparing to reject EchoStar Communications Corp.'s proposed $15-billion purchase of satellite rival DirecTV and its parent, Hughes Electronics Corp., perhaps as early as next week, sources said. Although a formal FCC vote has not occurred, a majority of commissioners, including Chairman Michael K. Powell, have decided that the deal is not in the public interest, sources said. Last week, the FCC staff, led by Media Bureau Chief W.
September 15, 2006 |
A former Federal Communications Commission attorney said the agency, in its push to let media companies own more television stations, killed a 2004 study that showed that locally owned TV outlets broadcast more local news because the outcome conflicted with its own agenda. "The initial results were very compelling, and it was just stopped in its tracks because it was not the way the agency wanted to go," said Adam Candeub, an assistant law professor at Michigan State University.
June 21, 2005 |
Bowing to calls to delay the selection of a new president amid concern that the leading candidate was too partisan, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting agreed Monday to wait until Wednesday to choose a new chief executive. Public broadcasting stations and a group of Democrats on Capitol Hill had pressed Kenneth Y.
May 10, 2003 |
The Federal Communications Commission is preparing to relax its rules to let a single company own up to three television stations and one newspaper in large markets such as Los Angeles and New York, according to sources familiar with agency plans. Current regulations limit companies to two TV stations in a market and prevent a company with TV stations from owning a newspaper in the same market.
December 3, 2003 |
The Federal Communications Commission staff recommended Tuesday that the agency approve News Corp.'s $6-billion takeover of satellite giant DirecTV but proposed conditions to prevent Rupert Murdoch's entertainment company from wielding too much clout, sources said. The staff report -- circulated Tuesday evening to the five FCC commissioners -- warned that News Corp. might try to withhold its network of Fox television stations from local cable providers to push customers to DirecTV.