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1.Overview

In an Order adopted March 7, 1996, the Commission implemented the provisions of the Telecom Act of 1996 directing it to revise its rules concerning national multiple as well as local radio ownership.  These provisions first required that the Commission eliminate its national ownership rule that limited the number of AM and FM stations one entity could own or control on a nationwide basis to no more than 20 AM or 20 FM stations.  The provision that permitted an entity to own an additional 3 AM and 3 FM stations if they were small business-controlled or minority-controlled was also eliminated.  Next, these provisions required that the Commission relax its local ownership rules such that:

a.   In a radio market with 45 or more commercial radio stations, an entity would be allowed to own, operate, or control up to 8 with not more than 5 in the same service;

b.   In a radio market with between 30 and 44 commercial radio stations, an entity would be allowed to own, operate, or control up to 7 with not more than 4 in the same service;

c.   In a radio market with between 15 and 29 commercial radio stations, an entity would be allowed to own, operate, or control up to 6 with not more than 4 in the same service;

d.   In a radio market with 14 or fewer commercial radio stations, an entity would be allowed to own, operate, or control up to 5 with not more than 3 in the same service, subject to the limitation that no entity be allowed to own, operate, or control more than 50% of the stations in these markets.

On March 13, 1998, the Mass Media Bureau Policy and Rules Division released the "1997 Radio Review" examining changes in various aspects of the commercial broadcast radio industry as a result of implementing these provisions of the Telecom Act.  The report covered the period of 20 months from March 1996 through November 1997, and indicated a trend in the consolidation of radio station ownership resulting in fewer owners at both the national and local levels.

This report is an update of the impact of the Telecom Act on the commercial broadcast radio industry through March 2000.  It is organized into four parts.  The first part, reported in Section 2, examines changes in the radio industry from a national viewpoint, i.e., broad changes

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