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skippy the bush kangaroo

Thursday, January 30, 2003

who said the media was f.a.i.r.?

here's an action alert from fair, concerning the fact that none of the electronic media are reporting about the new fcc rules for owndership consolidation of the electronic media. what a co-inky-dink, eh?

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action alert:
broadcast networks file fcc comments-- but not stories

the review of media ownership rules underway at the federal communications commission will have an enormous impact on the future of broadcasting and on media diversity. the fcc is considering repealing or altering a number of key rules that limit media consolidation. but you wouldn't know any of this from watching network television news.

media companies stand to gain a lot from a relaxation of the ownership caps. so it is no surprise that nbc/general electric, abc/disney and cbs/viacom have all filed comments with the fcc.

it's what they haven't done that is more troubling: none of the big three networks have found the story worth reporting in depth. since the fcc issued its notice on the ownership rules last september, a search of the nexis news database turns up one network story: a short summary of the fcc's announcement on abc's world news this morning (9/9/02), which according to the transcript aired at 4:30 am.

if you'd like to read the rest of this action alert, including email addresses to the major network news shows, please go to our sister blog, skippy junior.
posted by skippy at 12:15 PM |


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