The World: Washington - Senate considers restoring newspapers' TV ban

The US Senate could reimpose a ban on newspapers in the country's largest markets owning either a lower-rated TV or radio station.

A resolution put before the Senate by the commerce committee targets last December's vote by the Federal Communications Commission.

The FCC agreed to allow daily papers in the 20 biggest markets to own one of either a lower-rated TV or radio station. Cross-ownership would continue to be prohibited in smaller markets.

Senator Byron Dorgan, the resolution's chief sponsor, said he expected the measure to be passed by the full Senate.

However, the Bush administration has indicated it would veto any attempt to reimpose the 32-year-old ban.