FCC Chief Martin Defends His Case For Consolidation

03/28/2008 02:45 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • AP/Los Angeles Times

The nation's top communications regulator Wednesday denied that his proposed media ownership rule has a major loophole that would allow newspapers and broadcast stations to merge in any size market.

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Kevin J. Martin said he was willing to work with the two Democrats on the commission to change the wording of his proposal to make sure that any transaction resulting in cross-owned properties would face a "high hurdle" in the approval process.

Martin and his fellow commissioners appeared Wednesday before the House subcommittee on telecommunications and the Internet in a hearing to field questions about proposed media ownership rule changes.

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