The FCC Monday waived its “one-to-a-market” rule and allowed Harte-Hanks Television, the owner of a San Antonio TV station, to buy a radio station in the same market.
The Federal Communications Commission has had longstanding regulations that bar a broadcaster from owning a TV station and radio station in the same market.
However, broadcasters are frequently granted waivers from the regulations if it can be shown that common ownership of the two outlets would not thwart competition.
Harte-Hanks, which owns CBS affiliate KENS-TV, recently sought permission from the FCC to acquire cross-town radio station KVAR-AM from Hispanic Radio Broadcasters. Harte-Hanks agreed to pay $ 900,000 for the station.
In granting the waiver of its rules, the FCC claimed Harte-Hanks presented evidence that the proposed combination “would not create any undue concentration of ownership or control of the broadcast media” in San Antonio.
There are currently 39 radio stations and 12 TV stations in San Antonio, with 39 owners.