ACA Wants Retrans Deals Made Public

  • December 28, 2011

The American Cable Association wants the FCC to impose transparency requirements to prevent television station owners that coordinate retrans consent negotiations “from keeping their price-fixing schemes a secret from the public and regulators charged with enforcing station ownership limits, retransmission consent rules, and antitrust statutes," reports TVNewscheck.

ACA said the FCC should require broadcasters to place in their online public file any agreement, regardless of name or purported “efficiencies,” that one station enters into with another separately owned TV station in the same market for ready inspection by the public, regulators and others.

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