Last week’s decision by the Appellate Court of the District of Columbia that the Federal Communications Commission’s ban on media companies from owning a TV station and a cable system in the same market was “arbitrary and capricious and contrary to law” [WAMN: 20-Feb-02] could be subject to an inquiry by the US Senate.

Senator Fritz Hollings (Democrat, South Carolina) said the court was “wrong” to nullify the FCC regulation, and undertook to air the matter before the Senate Commerce Committee. The committee would examine whether or not media consolidations were in the public interest and if they promoted diversity.

The court also instructed the FCC to re-examine its ban on the ownership by any single company of stations that in aggregate reach more than 35% of all US TV-households.

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