11.30pm GMT / 6.30pm ET
FCC opens door for US media consolidation
Elana Schor in Washington Tuesday December 18, 2007
The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) lifted limits on media ownership today, clearing the way for Rupert Murdoch and other magnates to buy newspapers and TV stations in the same city.
The FCC's vote fires the first shot in a high-stakes battle with members of Congress from both parties who have accused the agency of aiding the consolidation of US media, to the detriment of minority businesses and the public interest.
FCC chairman Kevin Martin pushed through the relaxed ownership rules with the backing of fellow Republicans, while the two Democratic commissioners pleaded with Congress to "save the FCC from itself".
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Update: 12:50 a.m. - OK...I'm officially freaking. I just went out in the rain to get my recorder out of the car to mix the next podcast and this raccoon was scurrying by the door as I opened it. I thought it was one of those "infected" from the movie I saw tonight. It scared the shit out of me! Fucking hell.