Court of Appeals Denies Tribune Request on Cross-Ownership

Sep 3, 2004  •  Post A Comment

The U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia on Friday denied a request by Tribune Co. that the court lift a stay to clear the way for the Federal Communications Commission to relax a rule that bars broadcasters from acquiring daily newspapers in their markets. The court originally blocked an effort by the FCC to ease the broadcast-newspaper cross-ownership prohibition and a series of other agency media ownership rules last year, while the court considered challenges to the deregulation. The court subsequently held that the agency hadn’t adequately justified its media ownership deregulation, remanding the issue back to the FCC. Tribune wanted the court to at least partially lift the stay to permit the agency to consider easing the cross-ownership prohibition in the nation’s largest markets.