By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 9-1-20

Broadcasters are arguing that the FCC does not need to have statistics on how repealing or modifying its broadcast ownership rules impact media diversity to make those changes.

The National Association of Broadcasters is arguing that point in a brief to the Supreme Court filed Thursday (Aug. 20) in support of its petition that the court hear its appeal of a lower court decision.

NAB said Congress was clear that competition analysis was what was statutorily required and that the court had inserted its own diversity concerns, despite the fact that “the Third Circuit has never identified any statute or regulation requiring the FCC to consider ownership diversity” in reviewing its regs.

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