Lifting FCC Cross-Ownership Ban May Lead to Further Media Consolidation, Hurting Localism and Minority Ownership

November 16th, 2007 · No Comments

The New York Times reported that the Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Kevin Martin, wants to schedule a vote to decrease media ownership restrictions on December 18th, 2007. The proposed measure would lift restrictions currently prohibiting the ownership of both a newspaper and a television station in the same city by the same company. Eric Klineberg, author of “Fighting for Air: The Battle to Control America’s Media” and associate professor of sociology at New York University, in an interview with Democracy Now! last week, identified The Tribune Company and Media General as likely beneficiaries of the measure. The Tribune Company is in the process of being bought out by Sam Zell for a total of $8.2 billion. Jonathon Adelstein and Michael Copps, two commissioners affiliated with the Democratic party, in an interview with Democracy Now!, expressed the concern that increased media consolidation would hurt localism and minority ownership of media companies. Media advocacy groups like Free Press are urging citizens to pressure their representatives to conduct oversight hearings regarding changes to the FCC cross-ownership regulations.

For more on independent media advocacy visit: http://www.freepress.net/ or http://prometheusradio.org/.

Tags: AP Issues · Greg Bonett · October/November 2007 · Under the Radar

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