'Marketplace' Report: FCC May Change Media Rules The Federal Communications Commission is discussing plans to change the rules of media ownership. Currently, no company can own both a newspaper and a broadcast outlet in the same market.
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'Marketplace' Report: FCC May Change Media Rules

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'Marketplace' Report: FCC May Change Media Rules

'Marketplace' Report: FCC May Change Media Rules

'Marketplace' Report: FCC May Change Media Rules

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The Federal Communications Commission is discussing plans to change the rules of media ownership. Currently, no company can own both a newspaper and a broadcast outlet in the same market.

Marketplace's Amy Scott says the FCC has considered repealing these ownership rules before. At the time, a court ruled that the FCC did not justify the changes. Now after three years of study, it looks like the FCC is ready to repeal the rules again.

Scott says a recent study has found that when one company owns the TV station and newspaper in the same market, residents get more local news. Critics dispute that, saying if one company dominates a market and other media firms pull out, it actually diminishes the quantity of news available to local residents.

Scott talks to Alex Cohen about the proposal.

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