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Court overturns FCC changes in media-ownership rules


A federal appeals court threw out changes to media ownership rules approved by the Federal Communications Commission in 2017, saying the agency should have looked more closely at potential impacts on minority ownership.

In its ruling Monday, the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it agreed with public-interest groups that "the Commission did not adequately consider the effect its sweeping rule changes will have on ownership of broadcast media by women and racial minorities."

The Philadelphia-based court said it would vacate and remand "the bulk of" the FCC's actions over the last three years for further consideration by the agency.

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