Freshman Sen. John Sununu (R-N.H.) is rounding up support to torpedo a plan
that would nullify new media-ownership rules adopted in June by the Federal
Communications Commission, an industry source said Tuesday.
Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) is sponsoring a resolution that would overturn the
FCC's new rules, which allow the "Big Four" broadcast networks to own more
stations and permit greater cross-ownership among local newspapers, TV stations
and radio stations. Dorgan's resolution could be debated this week.
However, Sununu is circulating a "Dear Colleague" letter designed to support
the FCC and undercut Dorgan's effort, an industry source said. The source added
that Sununu has already secured the backing of Sens. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.),
George Allen (R-Va.), Larry Craig (R-Utah) and Peter Fitzgerald (R-Ill.).
Sununu, in his first year in the Senate, serves on the Commerce Committee
with Dorgan. Sununu's father, John, is a former New Hampshire governor and White
House chief of staff under President George H.W. Bush.