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Prexy OKs FCC review

The Clinton administration on Wednesday signaled its support for a review of broadcast ownership rules by the Federal Communications Commission.

Larry Irving, head of the Commerce Dept. agency that advises the White House on telecommunications matters, said in written testimony at a congressional hearing that the White House “supports the initiation by the FCC of a review of current broadcast policies.”

That’s good news for broadcasters, who are pushing to relax rules that prevent a company from owning more than 12 TV stations nationwide or one station in a local market. Broadcasters also feel they have been left on the shoulder of the information superhighway.

Irving’s statement said broadcasters “remain the principal source of free, universally available electronic information in the U.S., and it is important to ensure full participation by that industry in the (infopike).”

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