Rockefeller concerned about TV mergers

November 26, 2013

Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) is urging the Federal Communications Commission to take a hard look at the business deals between TV stations.

FCC rules limit the number of stations a single company can own in a local market.

In a letter to the FCC Monday, Rockefeller expressed concern that TV stations are using "shared services agreements" to sidestep the FCC's rules. The agreements allow a company to control many of the operations of a station without technically assuming full ownership.

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