Hundt worries fin-synners

If Hollywood was seeking a fin-syn champion in new FCC chairman Reed Hundt, it may be sadly disappointed.

Hundt, at his first meeting Monday since taking the Federal Communications Commission reins last month, went out of his way to publicly praise former interim chairman James Quello for helping to eliminate the fin-syn rules during his tenure.

Hundt called the nixing of fin-syn a “pro-competitive action.”

Hundt did not elaborate, but FCC watchers viewed the comment as an unmistakable message that the new agency honcho has no desire to revisit the controversial issue.

In April, the FCC set in motion plans to eliminate the longstanding fin-syn rules that have prevented the Big Three networks from unfettered entry into the TV program ownership and syndication market.

More TV

  • Starz Expands Into Canada With Bell

    Starz Expands Into Canada With Bell Media Pact

    If Hollywood was seeking a fin-syn champion in new FCC chairman Reed Hundt, it may be sadly disappointed. Hundt, at his first meeting Monday since taking the Federal Communications Commission reins last month, went out of his way to publicly praise former interim chairman James Quello for helping to eliminate the fin-syn rules during his […]

  • Sky TV Logo

    Fox Still Expects Sky Takeover to Go Through, but Opponents Rejoice

    If Hollywood was seeking a fin-syn champion in new FCC chairman Reed Hundt, it may be sadly disappointed. Hundt, at his first meeting Monday since taking the Federal Communications Commission reins last month, went out of his way to publicly praise former interim chairman James Quello for helping to eliminate the fin-syn rules during his […]

  • 'The Bachelor' Recap: Arie Luyendyk Jr.

    'The Bachelor' Recap: Arie Luyendyk Jr. Faces 'The Bekah-ning'

    If Hollywood was seeking a fin-syn champion in new FCC chairman Reed Hundt, it may be sadly disappointed. Hundt, at his first meeting Monday since taking the Federal Communications Commission reins last month, went out of his way to publicly praise former interim chairman James Quello for helping to eliminate the fin-syn rules during his […]

  • CBS Orders Pilots From Gloria Calderon

    CBS Orders Pilots From Gloria Calderon Kellett, Amanda Green, Michelle Nader

    If Hollywood was seeking a fin-syn champion in new FCC chairman Reed Hundt, it may be sadly disappointed. Hundt, at his first meeting Monday since taking the Federal Communications Commission reins last month, went out of his way to publicly praise former interim chairman James Quello for helping to eliminate the fin-syn rules during his […]

  • NBC Orders FBI Drama 'The Enemy

    NBC Orders FBI Drama 'The Enemy Within' From 'Mentalist' Writer to Pilot

    If Hollywood was seeking a fin-syn champion in new FCC chairman Reed Hundt, it may be sadly disappointed. Hundt, at his first meeting Monday since taking the Federal Communications Commission reins last month, went out of his way to publicly praise former interim chairman James Quello for helping to eliminate the fin-syn rules during his […]

  • Timeless

    TV News Roundup: 'Timeless' Sets Season 2 Premiere Date on NBC

    If Hollywood was seeking a fin-syn champion in new FCC chairman Reed Hundt, it may be sadly disappointed. Hundt, at his first meeting Monday since taking the Federal Communications Commission reins last month, went out of his way to publicly praise former interim chairman James Quello for helping to eliminate the fin-syn rules during his […]

  • "The Matrimonial Metric" -- Pictured: Sheldon

    Delayed Viewing Ratings: 'Big Bang Theory' Winter Premiere Starts 2018 Strong

    If Hollywood was seeking a fin-syn champion in new FCC chairman Reed Hundt, it may be sadly disappointed. Hundt, at his first meeting Monday since taking the Federal Communications Commission reins last month, went out of his way to publicly praise former interim chairman James Quello for helping to eliminate the fin-syn rules during his […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content