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Commissioner O'Rielly's Statement on Media Ownership

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Released: March 10, 2014

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See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

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NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:

March 10, 2014
Courtney Reinhard, 202-418-2013
E-mail: Courtney.Reinhard@fcc.gov

Statement of Commissioner Michael O’Rielly

on Media Ownership
Washington, D.C. – Commissioner Mike O’Rielly issued the following statement today:
“The JSA proposal being put forward appears flawed and not in the public interest. My meetings
and the record indicate that the JSA portion could significantly impair the ability of broadcasters
with diverse voices to offer local programming, such as news, to meet consumer needs.
Moreover, the proposal would establish a very subjective “Mother-May-I” approach to obtain or
retain a JSA, which is a recipe for market uncertainty and reduced offerings.”
“Most importantly, this effort fails to meet the Commission’s obligations under current law. It
has been six years since completion of the last review, and we are no closer to our rules
reflecting the current media marketplace.”
“Even before receiving the specifics of the proposal, I strenuously disagree with the intended
direction, and hope it is dramatically changed before it is presented to the Commission for a vote
later this month.”
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