Television-station owners including Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. couldn’t control multiple outlets in small markets and would lose some power to negotiate fees with cable providers under changes set for a vote March 31 by U.S. regulators.
The top U.S. communications regulator is considering restrictions on television-station owners controlling more than one property in a market, a strategy that’s helped fuel an $11 billion station buying spree.
U.S. broadcasters said they’re near an agreement to share frequencies with the Defense Department, a move that could help free airwaves for use by mobile providers led by Verizon Wireless and AT&T Inc.
The Obama administration’s plan to allocate TV stations’ excess airwaves for use by wireless Internet services received support from 112 economists at a White House event that featured Google Inc. ’s chief economist.
The National Football League said it “will strongly oppose” a proposal by U.S. regulators to eliminate the rule that keeps cable providers and satellite broadcasters from showing sports events lacking sellout crowds.
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled that Fox and ABC television stations can’t be punished for airing profanity and nudity a decade ago, while it dodged broader questions about the constitutionality of a federal crackdown on broadcast indecency.
The Federal Communications Commission said it would consider approving transactions that increase foreign ownership of U.S. broadcasters, a move sought by companies that said it would boost investment.