La Camera dei Rappresentanti ha approvato con una larga maggioranza la legge che blocca la volontà del Comitato Federale per le Comunicazioni (FCC) di alzare il limite della proprietà radio-televisiva per un singolo editore. In giugno, la FCC (che regola radio, televisione, satellite e trasmissioni via cavo) aveva votato in favore di una liberalizzazione delle regole sulla proprietà, portando la quota di mercato di ogni singolo editore dal 35% al 45%. (inglese)
A cura di red It also approved plans to let TV, radio and newspaper companies buy eachother.
Opponents to the liberalisation have claimed it will result in a monopoly by bigger broadcasters and limit the diversity of opinions and information.
The House of Representatives’ provision formed part of a wider spending bill that funds the Commerce, Justice and State departments.
Liberalising media rules has met stiff opposition
It would prevent the FCC from spending funds to implement the new TV ownership rules.
Hours before the vote in the House of Representatives, the FCC chairman Michael Powell defended the proposed changes.
“We created enforceable rules that reflect the realities of today’s media marketplace.”
But consumer groups have welcomed the effort to block the new rules.
Gene Kimmelmann, president of the Consumers Union, said the House vote was the “first step” to rolling back the new rules.
However, the controversy looks set to continue.
The White House has formally warned that President Bush would be likely to veto the final spending bill if it included the provision that derailed media changes.
“The FCC administration believes that the new FCC media ownership rules more accurately reflect the changing media landscape,” said a White House statement.
“If this provision or a provision like it with respect to any one of the other FCC rules is contained in the final legislation presented to the president, his senior advisers would recommend that he veto the bill,” the statement continued.