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Released: December 23, 2009

Federal Communications Commission

DA 09-2616

Before the

Federal Communications Commission

Washington, D.C. 20554

In the Matter of
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2006 Quadrennial Regulatory Review – Review of
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MB Docket No. 06-121
the Commission’s Broadcast Ownership Rules and
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Other Rules Adopted Pursuant to Section 202 of
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the Telecommunications Act of 1996
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2002 Biennial Regulatory Review – Review of the
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MB Docket No. 02-277
Commission’s Broadcast Ownership Rules and
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Other Rules Adopted Pursuant to Section 202 of
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the Telecommunications Act of 1996
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Cross-Ownership of Broadcast Stations and
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MM Docket No. 01-235
Newspapers
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Rules and Policies Concerning Multiple Ownership )
MM Docket No. 01-317
of Radio Broadcast Stations in Local Markets
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Definition of Radio Markets
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MM Docket No. 00-244
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Ways to Further Section 257 Mandate and To Build )
MB Docket No. 04-228
on Earlier Studies
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Public Interest Obligations of TV Broadcast
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MM Docket No. 99-360
Licensees
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ORDER

Adopted: December 23, 2009

Released: December 23, 2009

Revised filing deadline: April 7, 2010

By the Chief, Media Bureau:
1. The Media Bureau grants, on its own motion, a 90-day extension of time for Cox Enterprises,
Inc.; Calvary, Inc.; Bonneville International Corp.; Scranton Times LP; and Morris Communications
(jointly “Media Parties”) to file amendments to pending waiver requests or renewal applications or to file
requests for permanent waivers of the newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership rule.1 The extension is


1 In the 2006 Quadrennial Review Order, among other things, the Commission modified the newspaper/broadcast
cross-ownership rule and gave licensees with pending waiver requests that involve an existing combination of more
than one newspaper and/or more than one broadcast station and entities holding waivers pending the completion of
the Quadrennial Review proceeding 90 days after the effective date of the 2006 Quadrennial Review Order to either
amend their waiver requests or renewal applications or file requests for permanent waivers. 2006 Quadrennial
Regulatory Review – Review of the Commission’s Broadcast Ownership Rules and Other Rules Adopted Pursuant to
Section 202 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, Report and Order and Order on Reconsideration
, MB Docket
No. 06-121 et al., 23 FCC Rcd 2010 (2008). For a discussion of the modified newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership
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necessary to provide additional time for the Commission to consider the Media Parties’ request that the
deadline be delayed until 90 days after the issuance of a final court order on pending judicial challenges to
the Commission’s modified newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership rule.2 As a result, the new deadline for
these filings is April 7, 2010.3
2. Accordingly, IT IS ORDERED, that pursuant to authority under Sections 4(i) and 303(r) of
the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. §§ 154 and 303(r), and Section 1.46 of the
Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. § 1.46, and pursuant to authority delegated to the Media Bureau pursuant
to Sections 0.204 and 0.283 of the Commission’s rules, 47 C.F.R. §§ 0.204, 0.283, an extension of time as
described above IS GRANTED, sua sponte, until April 7, 2010. This Order does not constitute action on
the Media Parties’ request to further extend the deadline.
3. For additional information, please contact Mania Baghdadi or Amy Brett, Industry Analysis
Division, Media Bureau, at (202) 418-2330.
FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION
William T. Lake
Chief, Media Bureau
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rule and waiver standard, see Id. at 2018, 2056-57, 2090 ¶¶ 13, 78, 159. On April 14, 2009, the Court of Appeals for
the Third Circuit held in abeyance appeals of the 2006 Quadrennial Review Order, pending Commission action on a
petition for reconsideration filed jointly by Common Cause, the Benton Foundation, Consumers Action,
Massachusetts Consumers’ Coalition, NYC Wireless, James J. Elekes, and National Hispanic Media Coalition
(“Petition”). Prometheus Radio Project v. FCC, Nos. 08-3078 et al. (3d. Cir. Apr. 14, 2009). On June 12, 2009,
the Third Circuit issued an order continuing its 2003 stay of the Commission’s media ownership rules adopted in the
2002 Biennial Review Order. Prometheus Radio Project v. FCC, Nos. 08-3078 et al. (3d. Cir. June 12, 2009). In its
November 25, 2009 letter to the court, the Commission stated that it does not intend to act on the Petition outside the
scope of the 2010 Media Ownership Review proceeding and asked the court to continue to hold the cases in
abeyance pending the Commission’s 2010 review. The Petition remains pending. See also, Prometheus Radio
Project v. FCC
, No. 03-3388 (3d. Cir. Sept. 3, 2003) (order granting the initial stay).
2 See “Motion for Extension of Time” (Sept. 30, 2008) filed in MB Docket No. 06-121. On November 5, 2008,
Media Alliance, Free Press, the Office of Communication of United Church of Christ, Inc., and Prometheus Radio
Project filed an opposition to the extension of time request. On November 18, 2008, Media Parties filed a reply.
3 The Bureau has previously extended the filing deadline for the same purpose. See Order, MB Docket No. 06-121,
DA 09-2166 (MB, rel. Oct. 2, 2009) (granting extension until January 7, 2010); Order, MB Docket No. 06-121, DA
09-1730 (MB, rel. July 31, 2009) (granting extension until October 9, 2009); Order, MB Docket No. 06-121, DA 09-
1286 (MB, rel. June 5, 2009) (granting extension until August 10, 2009); Order, MB Docket No. 06-121, DA 09-747
(MB, rel. Apr. 3, 2009) (granting extension to June 9, 2009); Order, MB Docket No. 06-121, DA 09-202 (MB, rel.
Feb. 6, 2009) (granting extension to April 10, 2009); Order, MB Docket No. 06-121, DA 08-2773 (MB, rel. Dec. 24,
2008) (granting extension to February 9, 2009); Order, MB Docket No. 06-121, DA 08-2642 (MB, rel. Dec. 8,
2008) (granting extension to January 7, 2009); Order, MB Docket No. 06-121, DA 08-2462 (MB, rel. Nov. 7, 2008)
(granting extension to December 8, 2008). See also Order, MB Docket No. 06-121, DA 08-2223 (MB, rel. Oct. 7,
2008) (granting extension to November 7, 2008).
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