FCC Drops Broadcast-Newspaper Review


In a surprise move, the Federal Communications Commission said Tuesday that
it was scrapping a plan to launch a review Thursday of a rule than bans the
common ownership of a broadcast property and a newspaper in the same market.

The FCC is scheduled to meet Thursday in what had been billed as the first
step in chairman Michael Powell's campaign to relax or eliminate media-ownership
rules he views as outdated. The newspaper-broadcast ban was adopted in 1975.

FCC sources said a clash among agency members over the scope of the document
-- formally, a notice of proposed rulemaking -- caused Powell to remove it from
Thursday's agenda.