Minority Broadcasters Want to Halt Consolidation

The National Association of Black-Owned Broadcasters (NABOB) has asked the FCC to put a stop to any further relaxation of its ownership rules, including those involving broadcast-newspaper cross-ownership.

In the midst of the Commission’s quadrennial review of its ownership rules, NABOB has sent letters to each commissioner and filed formal comments with the Commission, explaining, “If large radio group owners are now allowed to combine their multiple station ownership advantage with ownership of a daily newspaper, the group owner will be able to combine the radio and newspaper sales forces, and will be able to offer advertisers a combined radio-newspaper buy, which will leave minority owners even more disadvantaged in their efforts to compete in the marketplace.”