WASHINGTON, DC—The FCC is now undertaking its Quadrennial Review Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, which directs the FCC to review whether its broadcast ownership rules remain “necessary in the public interest as the result of competition.”
Womble Bond Dickinson attorney John Garziglia previews the Quadrennial Review, and existing radio station ownership rules, in a new Radio Ink article. The FCC is accepting comments through April 29, with reply comments due on May 29.
Garziglia writes, “The FCC is seeking comment on all aspects of its radio ownership rules. There appears to be a lack of consensus within our radio broadcasting community as to whether the relaxation or elimination of radio ownership rules would be beneficial. Those in favor of dramatic changes argue that there is a new competitive landscape with radio now competing with not only satellite radio but also internet streaming, Facebook and Google. Those opposed to relaxations believe that allowing for increased concentrations of radio ownership would harm AM radio and local broadcasting.”
“Many observations can be made about the future radio landscape and the potential impact of changed FCC’s ownership rules upon it. The important thing for our industry is for the viewpoints of all broadcasters to be heard,” Garziglia writes.
John Garziglia represents radio and television broadcasters, offering personalized assistance in all areas of communications and telecommunications law including transactional and contract negotiations for broadcast station mergers and acquisitions, the securing of financing, governmental auctions of new frequencies, license renewals, new stations applications, facility changes, facility upgrades, licensing, and compliance with FCC rules, regulations and policies.