Cross-ownership waivers extended again


For years now, the FCC rules and regulations regarding broadcast ownership and broadcast/print cross-ownership have been under review and hung up in the courts, and hanging in the balance have been a number of cross-owned combos that are soldiering on under waivers. The FCC has once again extended the waivers for another three months.

Petitioners seeking the waivers remain the same as always — Cox Enterprises, Inc.; Calvary, Inc.; Bonneville International Corp.; Scranton Times LP; and Morris Communications.

They have requested a common sense solution to this – the grant of a waiver  that will be in effect until such time as the rules are finalized, with time allowed after that event takes place for a proper attempt at property spin-offs if necessary.

The FCC keeps saying that suggestion is under review, and then kicks the ball ahead for a quarter. The waivers are now extended to 10/3/11.