Murdoch Made Rounds at FCC


News Corp. chairman Rupert Murdoch recently made the rounds at the Federal
Communications Commission to persuade regulators to relax or eliminate all
broadcast-ownership rules.

News Corp., a broadcast-network and station-group owner, is a leader in the
effort to scrap a rule that bars TV-station groups from reaching more than 35
percent of TV households.

A few years ago, News Corp. quit the National Association of Broadcasters in
a dispute over the cap.

In an FCC filing made public Feb. 5, News Corp. said Murdoch met individually
Jan. 30 with two Republican members (chairman Michael Powell and Kevin Martin)
and two Democratic members (Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein), as well as
some of their aides.

Murdoch, News Corp. said, also met separately with Kenneth Ferree, chief of
the FCC's Media Bureau, who will be making policy recommendations to the five

Separately, House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Billy Tauzin (R-La.)
sent Powell a letter Thursday urging him to adopt new media-ownership rules by
this spring.