FCC Gets Flurry of Media Ownership Studies


FCC GETS FLURRY OF MEDIA OWNERSHIP STUDIES
[SOURCE: Broadcasting&Cable, AUTHOR: John Eggerton]
The Media & Democracy Coalition announced Thursday a study of 36 media markets in 12 US states showing that all were concentrated and that virtually all the smaller markets were highly concentrated according to viewership numbers. As the Federal Communications Commission considers allowing crossownership of newspapers and TV stations in the same markets, the study shows that the 50% viewer share of dominant market players in L.A. could escalate to 80%, which would be "disastrous for democracy." When asked whether the Internet should be factored into the concentration equation, Mark Cooper of the Consumer Federation of America argued that it is not a primary source of local news, and that the local ownership rules are about a diversity of local sources of news and information. Cooper said that maybe someday the Internet will be such an alternative, but that for now it is a good source of national and international news, but it doesn't help you figure out who to vote for for city council. And even its local component is often a trip to the Web site of the local TV station and newspaper. On top of this study, Cooper announced he will also file a study on the economics of consolidation and on allowing more multiple station ownership in markets.
http://www.broadcastingcable.com/article/CA6383270.html?display=Breaking+News

* Media Consolidation Reports from Selected States
http://www.hearusnow.org/mediaownership/10/

* New Research Shows FCC Media Ownership Rule Changes Will Harm Local Communities -- and Democracy -- Across Nation
"A healthy democracy requires that local media outlets compete with each other, not consolidate, to ensure the public has access to diverse and independent sources of news and opinion. The FCC's proposed rules are bad for consumers and bad for democracy."
http://www.freepress.net/press/release.php?id=178

* Media Ownership Research Talking Points
http://www.hearusnow.org/mediaownership/6/

* NAB response: "We're hopeful that public policymakers recognize the seismic changes in the media landscape in the three decades since many of the media ownership rules were adopted. Broadcasters are not seeking elimination of all ownership rules. However, measured relaxation of regulations will preserve localism and ensure that free, high quality programming enjoyed daily by millions of Americans does not migrate to pay platforms."
http://www.nab.org/AM/TemplateRedirect.cfm?template=/CM/ContentDisplay.cfm&section=News_Room&ContentID=7054

* Consumer Coalition: Media Ownership Already Too Concentrated
http://www.tvweek.com/news.cms?newsId=10923

* Cross-Ownership Opponents' Study: Local Media Markets Already Too Concentrated
http://www.editorandpublisher.com/eandp/departments/business/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003285450

* Consumer Coalition: Media Ownership Already Too Concentrated
http://www.tvweek.com/news.cms?newsId=10923

* Advocacy Groups Blast Media Consolidation
http://www.tvnewsday.com/articles/2006/10/19/daily.12/

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