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GOP MEMBERS OF THE FCC CLASH WITH DEMOCRATIC MEMBERS

March 11, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

The proposal by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to bar stations in the same market from entering into joint sales agreements appears to be setting up a battle between the Republican and Democratic members of the commission. On Monday, Republican Commissioner Mike O’Rielly called the proposal “flawed and not in the public interest.” He warned that it could “impair the ability of broadcasters with diverse voices to offer local programming, such as news, to meet consumer needs.” In fact, Wheeler and others who are opposed to joint sales agreements have maintained that those agreements have resulted in the same harm. They also claim that JSAs are simply a contrivance to get around FCC rules that limit the number of stations any company can own in a single market. The FCC is due to vote on Wheeler’s proposal on March 31.