FCC Eliminates Radio Duplication Rule

Last week, the Federal Communications Commission eliminated the radio duplication rule for both the AM and FM services.  The rule restricted the duplication of programming on commonly owned broadcast radio stations operating in the same service and geographic area.  

The radio duplication rule was  adopted in 1964.  Last week the Commission found that eliminating the radio duplication rule will help struggling stations stay on the air and afford broadcast radio licensees greater flexibility to address issues of local concern in a timely fashion.  In addition, elimination will assist with format changes and facilitate a potential voluntary digital transition in the AM service.  The Commission also concludes that broadcasters have no incentive to limit their revenues by simulcasting the same programming on multiple stations for long periods of time.   

Chairman Pai, Commissioner O’Rielly and Commissioner Carr approved the decision.  Commissioners Rosenworcel and Stark concurred in part and dissented in part. 

To see the FCC’s decision click HERE.


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