Cross-ownership ban stands.

The FCC has voted to keep in place its prohibition on newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership. The 3-2 party-line vote drew criticism from NAB Executive Vice President/communications Dennis Wharton, who said, “NAB strongly disagrees with the FCC’s decision to cling too long-updated media ownership rules that no longer serve their purpose. For an agency that claims to be forward-thinking focused on the future, when it comes to broadcasting, the FCC still applies analog regulation in the digital age. Most egregious is the Commission’s failure to remove its cross-ownership rules. The FCC’s greatest accomplishment with its latest order is to further hasten the great decline of our nation’s newspapers and the quality of journalism as a whole.”