Washington -- A federal appeals court in Philadelphia is to hear arguments Sept. 3 on whether to block new Federal Communications Commission broadcast ownership rules from taking effect, a lawyer involved in the case said
The hearing before a panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals is to occur one day before the new rules become official, said attorney Harold Feld of the Media Access Project, which filed a stay motion on behalf of Prometheus Radio
The FCC adopted the new rules in early June, allowing CBS, ABC, Fox, and NBC to acquire more stations and permitting common ownership of two or three stations in the same market and common ownership of a newspaper and a TV
station in the same market for the first time since 1975.
Legislation is advancing in Congress that would roll back some or all of the FCC rules.