FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has announced a December 18th vote on whether or not newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership should be further deregulated. About 750 people showed up to oppose Martin's plan at a hearing in Seattle last week, despite being given just seven days notice. Bill Moyers has a great video about the hearing, and much more:
Rule changes such as the one Martin is proposing are designed to further consolidate media ownership into the hands of the powerful few. Free Press conducted a study which found that while minorities make up 33% of the U.S. population, they make up just 3.26% of all TV station owners.
At the hearing, FCC Commissioner Michael Copps said: "The commission always seems to be on the fast break to help big media, but it's slow as molasses when the topic is the public interest. I will fight against any efforts to short-circuit the process." Kudos to Commissioner Copps, but if we are going to stop this dangerous deregulation, we are all going to have to fight alongside him.
1. Contact the FCC here.
2. Contact your Senators here.
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