By John Eggerton, Multichannel News, 9-27-20
Exiting Republican FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly isn’t going without a final push for more broadcast deregulation. O’Rielly’s re-nomination was withdrawn by the president after he criticized a social media regulatory effort the president is backing,
In a blog post, O’Rielly praised FCC chairman Ajit Pai’s media modernization program efforts to date, which he said had allowed “real” burdens imposed on broadcasters to be lifted so they could better serve their viewers and the public interest.
But he said much work remains to be done. He offered up some things the FCC could do quickly to “improve the plight of struggling broadcasters,” adding: “As many broadcasters seek to rebound from the double-whammy of COVID-19 and asymmetric competition from unregulated internet-based providers, these reforms are more critical than ever.” » Read More