WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will not vote on new media-ownership rules until an outside study of an impact on minority broadcasters is complete, the agency’s chairman said on Tuesday.
The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, a Washington-based non-profit focused on equal opportunity in mass media, will conduct the study on the impact of cross-ownership rules on minority ownership and newsgathering.
The study will take several weeks, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said. The commission then will gather public comment on the subject before taking a vote, he said.
The FCC is in the process of reviewing broadcast ownership rules, including longtime limits on cross-ownership of a newspaper and a broadcast outlet in a single market.
“In this heavily litigated area where a strong record is particularly important, I believe this is a sensible approach to moving forward and resolving the issues raised in this proceeding,” Genachowski said in a statement.
Reporting by Alina Selyukh; Editing by Dan Grebler