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Just In: Senate panel votes to delay FCC ownership agenda

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Senate panel approved a bill that would delay the proposal to relax media rules, although Congress is unlikely to pass it. On December 3, PRWeek reported on the cable industry's outreach, halting a recent FCC bid that would exert more regulatory control over the industry.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the Senate panel approved a bill that would delay the proposal to relax media rules, although Congress is unlikely to pass it. On December 3, PRWeek reported on the cable industry's outreach, halting a recent FCC bid that would exert more regulatory control over the industry.

“Lawmakers from both parties have complained that Martin is circumventing proper procedure in trying to allow companies to own a newspaper and broadcast station in the 20 largest U.S. markets. They want time for more public comment on the proposal, which was announced by Martin on November 13. They also want the FCC first to complete a previously promised review of ways to ensure that broadcasters serve their local communities, and take steps to increase ownership of TV and radio stations by women and minorities.”

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