Block: FCC should get involved in some retrans disputes

05/8/2014 | TVNewsCheck (free registration)

Block Communications, which owns TV stations, newspapers and cable systems, is calling on the Federal Communications Commission to police some retransmission-consent negotiations involving large broadcasters or pay-TV operators. Under Block's proposal, the FCC would get involved in disputes that involve pay-TV providers with fewer than 400,000 customers and TV groups that own or run 25 or more outlets, or situations in which pay-TV providers have more than 1.5 million customers and broadcasters own five outlets or fewer.

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