Huge round up of essays, resources and more —- all focused on the impact media consolidation is having on our democracy.
BillMoyers.com looks into the debate around relaxing the media ownership rules in big markets, which the FCC is currently considering. They argue that this is “a move that would allow Big Media, including News Corp, to monopolize print and broadcast media in key markets, controlling local news messages and limiting diversity in American media.”
The FCC responded to complaints that the change in the rules would limit media diversity last week. The Chicago Tribune reports that Bill Lake, Chief of the FCC’s media bureau, said in a statement, “[R]eports that the order would make it easier to own a top TV station and a major newspaper in a market are wrong. In fact, the order would strengthen the current rule by creating an express presumption against a waiver of the cross-ownership ban to allow such a combination.”
The debate about relaxing the FCC rules is ongoing. What do you think about the proposed changes?
Thank you for including the comment link, nhaler. Crucial point.
“Last year’s police shutdowns of cell phone service in San Francisco subways was prompted by protests against police shootings. The FCC wants public input on the issues around shutdowns.”
Read more on CNet.
I really want to put that slug in quotes just to show how ridiculous it is that, in the face of such behaviour, all the police are required to produce is “comment”.
Edit: Since ONA didn’t include this:
People can submit comments electronically via this link.
"Last year’s police shutdowns of cell phone service in San Francisco subways was prompted by protests against police shootings. The FCC wants public input on the issues around shutdowns."
Read more on CNet.
A comment filed by the stations owned by the major TV networks (NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, and Univision) suggested that researchers should not expect their task to be made easier by the Internet. ‘Research by its nature requires the expenditure of effort,”’they wrote. And for reporters, ‘a certain amount of leg work is eminently practical.’ (One almost expects them to next blurt out, “in my day, we didn’t have no new-fangled Intertubes; we had to go to the damn library and they should too!)
Steven Waldman reacts to local broadcasters response to the FCC proposal to require stations to disclose their political ad buys online. Local TV Stations and their “public interest obligations” - On The Media
What exactly is the FCC proposal and why is the National Association of Broadcasters opposed to the ruling? This ONA Issues post, Available vs. Accessible: Looking to Access the Public Files at Media Companies, will give you the details.