Media Ownership

Who owns, controls, or influences media outlets.

Revealed: Facebook's internal rulebook on sex, terrorism and violence

Location:
Facebook (new HQ), 1601 Willow Road, Menlo Park, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

Facebook’s secret rules and guidelines for deciding what its 2 billion users can post on the site are revealed for the first time in a Guardian investigation that will fuel the global debate about the role and ethics of the social media giant.

$2.3B Wave Broadband Acquisition by RCN Will Create Sixth Largest Cable Broadband Operator

Location:
TPG Capital , San Francisco, CA, United States
Recommendation:
2

In its latest deal, TPG Capital is backing RCN’s $2.3 billion Wave Broadband acquisition.

What a potential T-Mobile-Sprint merger means for you

Location:
T-Mobile, 12920 SE 38th St, Bellevue, WA, 98006, United States
Recommendation:
1

Speculation that T-Mobile and Sprint might pair up is mounting thanks to comments from both wireless carriers' executives, raising questions about what such a merger might mean for consumers who have largely benefited from the fierce competition that has come to define the business.

Sinclair’s TV deal would be good for Trump. And his new FCC is clearing the way.

Location:
Sinclair Broadcast Group, 10706 Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley, MD, 21030, United States
Recommendation:
2

Sinclair Broadcast Group has struck a deal with Tribune Media to buy dozens of local TV stations. And what Fox News is for cable, Sinclair could become for broadcast: programming with a soupcon — or more — of conservative spin.

Here’s who loses big time if Sprint and T-Mobile are allowed to merge

Location:
Department of Justice, 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20530-0001, United States
Recommendation:
3

The press reports that Sprint's owner SoftBank may once again seek to eliminate its rival T-Mobile, perhaps believing that it will find more sympathetic ears in the new administration. But the merger made no sense before, and it makes no sense today.

Fox News fires Bob Beckel over alleged 'insensitive' remark to African-American staffer

Location:
FOX News Channel, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Fox News fired former Democratic strategist Bob Beckel May 19 for allegedly making an inappropriate remark to an African-American employee.

What to do with public TV’s ‘spectrum auction’ windfall

Location:
Mercer University, 1501 Mercer University Drive, Savannah, GA, 31404, United States
Recommendation:
3

The biggest potential hazard [for public stations in the aftermath of the incentive auction] is that some stations might not even get the money they’ve won.

Hidden in Plain Sight: FCC Chairman Pai's Strategy to Further Concentrate the US Wireless Marketplace

Location:
Penn State University, State College, PA, 16801, United States
Recommendation:
3

While couched in noble terms of promoting competition, innovation and freedom, the Federal Communications Commission soon will combine two initiatives that will enhance the likelihood that Sprint and T-Mobile will stop operating as separate companies within 18 months.

Roger Ailes: The Man Who Mined a Divided America

Location:
FOX News Channel, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Before Donald Trump rode the anger of forgotten (white) America to an “America First” presidency, before Breitbart News became a “platform for the alt-right” and before there were “alternative facts” and dueling versions of reality, Roger Ailes saw a divided country but an undivided news media. And he set out to change it.

FCC Launches Review of Media Regulations

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission issued a Public Notice that begins a review of its rules applicable to media entities, including broadcasters, cable operators, and satellite television providers.

FCC Proposes to Eliminate Main Studio Rule

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission released a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, proposing to eliminate the main studio rule, which requires each AM, FM, and television broadcast station to have a main studio located in or near its local community.

Roger Ailes, Who Built Fox News Into an Empire, Dies at 77

Location:
FOX News Channel, 1211 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY, 10036, United States
Recommendation:
3

Roger E Ailes, who shaped the images that helped elect three Republican presidents and then became a dominant, often-intimidating force in American conservative politics at the helm of Fox News until he was forced out in a sexual predation scandal, died on May 18. He was 77.

FCC’s Internet-Rules Revamp Likely to Bring Big Changes Online

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

The Federal Communications Commission is set to move forward with a plan that would blow up the rules that have governed the internet in recent years and essentially start anew, opening the door to fundamental shifts in consumers’ online experiences.

Sinclair deal puts heat on FCC

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

The proposed acquisition by Sinclair Broadcasting Group of Tribune Media Company is inflaming criticism of the Federal Communications Commission, which helped pave the way for the deal by relaxing media ownership restrictions.

Cable Operators Reaffirm Commitment to an Open Internet

Location:
National Cable & Telecommunications Association (NCTA), 25 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20001-1413, United States
Recommendation:
1

As providers of broadband internet access service in many communities across America, we’ve always been committed to an open internet that gives you the freedom to be in charge of your online experience. And that will not change. An open internet means that we do not block, throttle or otherwise impair your online activity. We firmly stand by that commitment because it is good for our customers and good for our business.

Filter Failure: What's the news that's getting buried by the news?

Recommendation:
1

What's the news that's getting buried by the news? A lot, actually. We're taking a look at one major story: media consolidation.

As Sinclair-Tribune megamerger looms, groups ask FCC to block return of UHF discount

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
2

With the prospect of the Sinclair-Tribune megamerger on the horizon, groups are urging the Federal Communications Commission to block the return of the UHF discount in order to slow broadcast industry consolidation. In a joint filing to the FCC, Free Press, United Church of Christ, Prometheus Radio Project, Media Mobilizing Project, Media Alliance, National Hispanic Media Coalition and Common Cause requested a stay of the reinstatement of the UHF discount, which would allow broadcasters to once again count UHF stations as 50 percent toward the national broadcast ownership cap. The groups argued that the technical logic for the UHF discount is no longer valid.

Sinclair Requires TV Stations to Air Segments That Tilt to the Right

Location:
Sinclair Broadcast Group, 10706 Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley, MD, 21030, United States
Recommendation:
2

They are called “must-runs,” and they arrive every day at television stations owned by the Sinclair Broadcast Group — short video segments that are centrally produced by the company. Station managers around the country are directed to work them into the broadcast over a period of 24 or 48 hour

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Sinclair’s Tribune Purchase, Path Paved By Trump

Location:
Sinclair Broadcast Group, 10706 Beaver Dam Road, Hunt Valley, MD, 21030, United States
Recommendation:
2

During the same week that President Donald Trump fired the man in charge of the investigation into the Trump Administration’s ties to Russia, Sinclair Broadcast Group, the largest owner of local television stations in the United States, agreed to buy Tribune Media for $3.9 billion. Sinclair is set to acquire Tribune Media’s 42 stations and a prized asset, WGN America, a basic cable and satellite television channel. With the deal, Sinclair will reach more than 70 percent of American households with stations in many major markets, including Chicago, Los Angeles, and New York. The proposed deal was made possible by a deregulatory vote by the Federal Communications Commission last month. It seems as though the Trump Administration, by paving the way for increased media ownership consolidation, is granting this conservative-leaning station group owner greater influence over our civic discourse. This is a major development that could fly beneath the radar while our attention is drawn to the White House-induced crisis at the FBI.

Sinclair + Tribune = Transformative Force

Location:
TVNewsCheck, Chatham, NJ, 07928, United States
Recommendation:
3

With Tribune, Sinclair goes from a large collection of TV stations to a national broadcasting platform with ambitions that go far beyond those of the Big Four networks.

FCC Proposes $144K Fine Against Unlicensed Low-Power TV Station in KY

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission proposed a $144,344 fine against Vearl Pennington and Michael Williamson for operating an unlicensed low-power television station in Morehead (KY).

Chairman Pai Statement On Letter From Municipal Broadband Providers

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

May 11, the Federal Communications Commission received an exceptionally important contribution to the debate over restoring Internet freedom. Nineteen non-profit, government-owned Internet service providers expressed their support for my proposal to end utility-style regulation of Internet service providers based on Title II.

Sprint/T-Mobile Merger Would Destroy Wireless Competition, Kill Jobs and Harm Low-Income Families

Location:
Free Press (DC), 501 Third Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001, United States
Recommendation:
3

Sprint and T-Mobile have begun preliminary talks to work toward a merger. The deal, if approved, would join the third- and fourth-largest US wireless companies, which together would serve 132 million subscribers.

Sprint, AT&T poised to lead increase in network capex: Deutsche Bank

Location:
Sprint Nextel, 6550 Sprint Parkway, Overland Park, KS, 66251, United States
Recommendation:
3

Tower companies are well positioned as mobile operators ramp up their network investments in coming months in advance of 5G, according to Deutsche Bank. And Sprint and AT&T are at the front of the pack.

CenturyLink’s Level 3 acquisition faces challenges from California consumer advocacy groups

Location:
CenturyLink, 100 CenturyTel Dr, Monroe, LA, 71201, United States
Recommendation:
3

CenturyLink’s proposed acquisition of Level 3 is now facing protests from two California-based consumer advocacy groups who say the combined company will place too much control of a large portion of the state’s wholesale and retail fiber into one company.

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Sinclair’s Tribune Purchase, Path Paved By Trump

During the same week that President Donald Trump fired the man in charge of the investigation into the Trump Administration’s ties to Russia, Sinclair Broadcast Group, the largest owner of local television stations in the United States, agreed to buy Tribune Media for $3.9 billion. Sinclair is set to acquire Tribune Media’s 42 stations and a prized asset, WGN America, a basic cable and satellite television channel. With the deal, Sinclair will reach more than 70 percent of American households with stations in many major markets, including Chicago, Los Angeles and New York. The proposed deal was made possible by a deregulatory vote by the Federal Communications Commission last month. It seems as though the Trump Administration is paving the way for this conservative-leaning group to have greater influence over our civic discourse as it allows increasing ownership consolidation in the industry.

Remarks of Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, California Women's Conference

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

The Federal Communications Commission’s most recent report on media ownership, released May 10, revealed that women own just 8.6 percent of the 11,919 broadcast stations in this country.

Commissioner O'Rielly Remarks before the Media Institute Luncheon

Location:
Federal Communications Commission (FCC), 445 12th Street SW, Washington, DC, 20554, United States
Recommendation:
3

Defending the First Amendment: I think you will find the current Commission to be a great partner in the effort to ensure a free press, primarily by not intervening in the area.

Buying spree brings more local TV stations to fewer big companies

Location:
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20036, United States
Recommendation:
3

The local television landscape in the US has undergone major changes in recent years, as a wave of consolidations and station purchases have made some broadcast media owners considerably larger.

Tech’s Frightful Five: They’ve Got Us

Location:
Amazon, 1200 12th Avenue South, Seattle, WA, 98144, United States
Recommendation:
3

This is the most glaring and underappreciated fact of internet-age capitalism: We are, all of us, in inescapable thrall to one of the handful of American technology companies that now dominate much of the global economy.

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