FCC Bears Down on Stations With JSAs

by Luke Jones  on Monday, Apr. 21, 2014 12:00 am  

“It probably wouldn’t happen here, but in some markets, the lesser of the stations — which would be like Fox in Little Rock — might not be able to do news if they’re a standalone operation,” he said.

TV stations argue that the JSAs, despite consolidating ownership, still allow for individual voices among stations.

“The FCC comes back and says, ‘Well, yeah, there are two newscasts, and two different stations, but it’s really the same reporters and producers,’” Krile said. “That is true to some degree.”

Still, Krile said, the JSA issue is really symptomatic of a bigger issue: The current national broadcast plan needs updating.

“We need to go back and rewrite the communications law,” he said. “There are ways to do it. I think this is just symptomatic of some bigger regulatory issues in the industry. We’ve gotten left behind. Things have changed so rapidly that these laws aren’t any good anymore.”



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