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News Release: August 6, 2014
Writers Guild Calls on FCC to Protect Competition in Broadcast Television 

The Writers Guild of America, West submitted comments today to the FCC urging the Commission to retain the Television Broadcast ownership rules currently in place.

Abstract

In order for broadcast television stations to continue to serve their public interest obligations of providing diverse, local programming reflective of local community interests, the Federal Communications Commission must maintain existing media ownership rules to protect local market competition and prevent further media concentration. Broadcast television’s unique role within the media industry merits rules to protect the public interest. Broadcast television offerings, which include local news, live event coverage, sports and the most-watched scripted programming, are unmatched by the basic cable market or Internet video. The Commission must, therefore, continue to protect competition in this market by retaining its existing television ownership limits. Rules that limit duopolies, prohibit mergers of the top four local broadcast stations, restrict newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership and prevent any of the top four broadcast networks from merging are necessary to maintain both local market and national competition.

For the complete filing, click here.