A Proposed Rule Could Change Rockford TV News Forever
A proposed rule change could affect how Rockford people watch news and not everyone is on board.
The main studio rule, a rule that has been in effect for nearly 80 years was proposed to be eliminated on Thursday.
Long story short, the rule was originally put in place " to make sure viewers had easy access to their local station and its management." If that rule is eliminated, you could soon see your local news broadcast from a studio located somewhere other than Rockford.
Broadcasting Cable reports, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said "the rule was outdated because in the digital age the community has access and can engage with stations via social media or email without having a physical studio nearby."
Meanwhile, FTV Live says the elimination of the main studio rule "could spell the beginning of the end for small and medium market news" and "is a horrible move."
Things change, that's a given. Rules and laws are amended and changed daily, it's progress.
If this main studio rule does change, you might not have the same familiar group of faces breaking the news to you.
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