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Radio News: FCC likely to eliminate main studio rule

May 09, 2017 10:51 pm
Radio World reports the Federal Communications Commission will take the first steps to eliminate American broadcasting’s longstanding main studio rule. Currently, U.S. radio and television stations are required to have a main studio in or near their city of license, instead of just beaming signals in from Los Angeles or New York. Many stations still broadcast much, or all, of their programming from afar, but the handful of companies that own most stations would like to eliminate some of the rents costs from their bottom line. At the FCC's May meeting the commission will most likely begin a Notice of Proposed Rule Making on the issue. “The commission will consider a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that would propose to eliminate the commission’s main studio rule, based on a tentative finding that the rule is now outdated and unnecessarily burdensome for broadcast stations,” the FCC announced in a draft agenda of its May meeting. A handful of companies will probably get their way unless the public floods the FCC with letters against the proposal.