FCC Issues Huge Blow to Local NewsFTV Live
May 22, 2017
In a ruling that helps companies like Sinclair, the FCC has voted to to propose eliminating the main studio rule. A rule that for the last 80 years has required a TV station to maintain a main studio in its community of license.
Now companies like Sinclair, Nexstar, Scripps and others will be able to produce local newscasts that will originate from other states.
It is a slippery slope and it appears the FCC has fallen head first down it.
This could spell the beginning of the end for small and medium market news.
FCC chairman Ajit Pai said the rule was outdated because in the digital age the community has access and can engage with stations via social media or email without having a physical studio nearby.
He also said maintaining a physical address is an expense better put to other uses, like adding more local programming. At that point....a pig was seen flying by the window behind the FCC chairman.
This is a horrible move and it is another step in ruining local TV news.
Enjoy your weekend.