July 31, 2020

In a webcast speech, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly said that rules meant to promote diversity in the broadcast industry have been a “complete failure.”

He maintained that removing “our limitations” would lead to more minority investment and ownership.

He cited FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s effort to adopt a radio incubator program that would entice existing broadcast owners to partner with minority small business entrepreneurs. But he admitted that the initiative “was upended by a few squabbling industry participants” when the effort was expanded into television ownership.

“Absent Supreme Court intervention, it will be years before any action is even considered again at the Commission,” he said. “This represents a huge disappointment for the agency and a lost opportunity for society.”