The Coming Year for Broadcasting - The Deal Pipeline

Last year ended with the Federal Communications Commission proposing new regulations that would reach an array of issues affecting broadcasting.

The FCC's proposals range from revisions to the foundational rules governing the cross-ownership of television, radio and newspaper properties to the possibility of new regulation of multistation operational-sharing arrangements.

In a year that saw a long-awaited uptick in broadcast M&A activity and the controversial (or, in some quarters, tantalizing) specter of spectrum auctions, the FCC rulemaking is but one of several factors that signal that the coming year will bring to the broadcasting industry a confluence of political, judicial, regulatory, business and technological currents. Here's what to watch for in broadcasting in 2012:

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