Supreme Court Extends Media Ownership Challenge Deadline

Jan 3, 2005  •  Post A Comment

The U. S. Supreme Court has extended to Jan. 31 the deadline for challenges to an appellate court decision overturning Federal Communications Commission media ownership rule deregulation.

Appeals in the case are on the industry’s radar screen in part because Media General and a coalition of major TV network owners — NBC Universal, Fox and Viacom — have made clear in court filings that they are giving serious consideration to an attack on the 1969 Red Lion decision as part of their challenge to the appellate court’s ruling.

In its Red Lion decision, the high court established the legal rationale for subjecting broadcasters to media ownership regulation and other special rules. Without the filing extension, the second granted by the court in response to requests from the Department of Justice and the FCC, the high court challenges would have been due Jan. 3.