The Telecommunications Law Resource Center is the most comprehensive reference and news platform for communications law, covering broadcasting, cable, broadband, telephony and wireless;...
Sept. 16 — Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. Sept. 16 challenged an order by the Federal Communications Commission tightening broadcast station ownership rules ( Twenty-First Century Fox Inc. v. FCC, D.C. Cir., No. 16-01324, complaint filed 9/16/16 ).
The agency's rule would force broadcasters selling station groups to dismantle them in order to comply with new audience caps, the company said in a complaint filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.
“The FCC not only exceeded its statutory authority by altering the national audience reach limitation but also failed in its obligation to engage in reasoned decision making by refusing even to entertain arguments that the limitation should be relaxed or eliminated, rather than tightened, as it acknowledged it has the authority to do,” the company argued in its complaint.
The FCC voted to tighten limits on television and radio station ownership by eliminating the practice of only counting part of some stations' audiences in an order issued Sept. 7. The move threw out a three-decade-old rule where the agency counted only half of households in a broadcast area when judging ownership against the limit of reaching 39 percent of U.S. TV households. The commission said the rule, called the Ultra High Frequency discount, or UHF, was no longer needed after 2009's nationwide digital TV transition. The discount was designed for stations transmitting on higher radio wave frequencies—or channels 14 to 51—that were disadvantaged against broadcasters on lower channels whose signals reached farther.
An FCC spokesperson did not immediately respond to request for comment.
To contact the reporter on this story: Michaela Ross in Washington at firstname.lastname@example.org
To contact the editor responsible for this story: Keith Perine at email@example.com
Copyright © 2016 The Bureau of National Affairs, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All Bloomberg BNA treatises are available on standing order, which ensures you will always receive the most current edition of the book or supplement of the title you have ordered from Bloomberg BNA’s book division. As soon as a new supplement or edition is published (usually annually) for a title you’ve previously purchased and requested to be placed on standing order, we’ll ship it to you to review for 30 days without any obligation. During this period, you can either (a) honor the invoice and receive a 5% discount (in addition to any other discounts you may qualify for) off the then-current price of the update, plus shipping and handling or (b) return the book(s), in which case, your invoice will be cancelled upon receipt of the book(s). Call us for a prepaid UPS label for your return. It’s as simple and easy as that. Most importantly, standing orders mean you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you’re relying on. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.960.1220 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Put me on standing order at a 5% discount off list price of all future updates, in addition to any other discounts I may quality for. (Returnable within 30 days.)
Notify me when updates are available (No standing order will be created).
This Bloomberg BNA report is available on standing order, which ensures you will all receive the latest edition. This report is updated annually and we will send you the latest edition once it has been published. By signing up for standing order you will never have to worry about the timeliness of the information you need. And, you may discontinue standing orders at any time by contacting us at 1.800.372.1033, option 5, or by sending us an email to email@example.com.
Put me on standing order
Notify me when new releases are available (no standing order will be created)