Cover: Newspaper-Television Station Cross-Ownership: Options for Federal Action.

Newspaper-Television Station Cross-Ownership: Options for Federal Action.

Published 1974

by Walter S. Baer, Henry Geller, Joseph A. Grundfest

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Addresses the so-called "one-to-a-market" inquiry being conducted by the FCC: whether to prohibit local cross-ownership of daily newspapers, radio, and television stations. As of July 1974, 79 pairs of daily newspapers and television stations licensed within the same metropolitan area were under common ownership. Several methods of measuring the concentration resulting from cross-ownership are assessed. The empirical evidence, including studies of advertising rates and program content, supports neither allegations of substantial harm nor those of substantial public benefits from cross-ownership. The report lists six options for the FCC, which could ban or limit cross-ownership in various ways, or proceed on a case-by-case basis. It recommends a rule that would ban future combinations and spell out criteria for determining undue concentration that could require divestiture of some present combinations. 64 pp.

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