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FCC weakens limits on owning newspapers, TV stations

FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2013, file photo, FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai speaks during a Federal Communications Commission hearing in Washington. On Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017, the FCC voted to loosen rules meant to support independent local media. The newspaper and broadcasting industries say they need the changes to deal with growing competition from the web and cable companies. Critics say dumping these rules, by encouraging consolidation, hurts media diversity. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
November 16, 2017 - 10:58 AM

NEW YORK - Federal regulators are loosening rules meant to support independent local media.

Now, one company can own both newspapers and TV stations in one market, undoing a ban in place since 1975. Thursday's vote by the Federal Communications Commission also makes it easier for one company to own two broadcast TV stations in one market and co-ordinate operations with stations owned by others.

The newspaper and broadcasting industries say they need the changes to deal with growing competition from much larger web and cable companies.

Critics say dumping these rules, by encouraging consolidation, hurts media diversity. Free Press, a group that opposes media mergers, said Thursday that it will challenge the rule changes in court.

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