Could Open Door to More Consolidation

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WASHINGTON (AdAge.com) -- The Federal Communications Commission today made moves that could open the door to further media consolidation.

In separate actions, the FCC opened one proceeding to reevaluate its cross-ownership rules that bar publishers from buying broadcast stations in markets where they have newspapers and in another it is looking into its current limits on cable ownership.

The rules prevent cable owners from owning more than 30% of satellite systems, and prevent a cable operator from using more than 40% to 45% of its channels for its own programs.

The National Newspaper Association had asked the FCC to drop the limits on cross ownership, while a court acting on objections from AOL Time Warner told the FCC to review in limits on cable operators.

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