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[03 June 2003]
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"MEDIA CONSOLIDATION & THE FCC"
[Nashville, TN - USA]
Trowbridge NEWS BRIEF
WHAT IT IS
The federal communications commission, run by Chairman Michael Powell,
son of the secretary of state Colin Powell, approved sweeping changes to
the existing media ownership rules, despite widespread objection. A
single company can now own more TV stations and hold the largest
newspapers and broadcasters in the same markets.
At the same time, the commission tightened regulations over local radio
ownership, seeking to stop the widespread consolidation that followed
Congress's decision to lift national radio ownership limits in 1996.
Opponents fear the new rules will place too much power over public
opinion in the hands of a few giant media corporations.
The proposed FCC deregulation changes received virtually no coverage
from major television networks or newspapers, even though the issues are
of vital interest to every American. Musicians Mike Mills of R.E.M. and
Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam oppose the changes.
HOW IT EFFECTS YOU AND ME
Clear Channel Communications is buying up independent radio stations
across America. (See "Payola") "The real
picture is this: The Senate is putting pressure on labels and radio to
clean up the legal payola system, and major labels are responding by
buying up radio stations across America. They are essentially acquiring
every station and forming a virtual monopoly. They don't need legal
payola if they own the stations; they merely dictate play lists."
Independent artists and music is played on small and large independent
stations. If all the stations fall under ownership of one or a few
corporations, you will lose your radio venue for your music and songs.
Agglomeration may impinge your freedom to read and hear unbiased news.
Rupert Murdoch (owner of Fox TV, DirecTV, Weekly Standard, New York
Post, and 34 stations) has a political agenda that is reflected in his
newspaper and TV news reports. If one or two or three corporate giants
control all the papers, TV, and radio stations in the U.S., they may
skew news reporting at will. There is no check other than competition,
and they will have no competition.
Corporations have one directive: Make money. They do not have
musician, writer, and recording artist interests at heart. Speak up to
preserve your music airplay venues.
WHAT TO DO:
a. You can reach Michael K. Powell's office at:
(202) 418-1000 (FCC - Federal Communications Commission)
b. Call or email your STATE SENATORS and LEGISLATORS. Enter your zip to
find your representatives, and send them email. EMAIL WORKS! Tell them
what you think on the "FCC DEREGULATION ISSUE".
175,000 people signed the "Stop the FCC" petition, 500,000 people contacted
the FCC office, NRA sent 300,000 postcards, and the FCC website received
9,000 emails before the overload shut the site down for feedback.
OTHER VITAL FACTS:
A diverse and competitive media is an essential part of a working
democracy. The whole idea is predicated on an informed citizenship.
People are very upset at the idea of news controlled by a very few
companies with political positions and agendas.
On June 2, the five-member FCC commission voted on changes that allow
broadcast networks to buy more television stations and lifts the
28-year-old ban preventing newspapers from buying television stations in
the same city.
More consolidation leads to fewer voices, making it difficult for
minority viewpoints to be heard. Alliances have formed
between liberal and conservative groups, opposing further deregulation.
American people own the airwaves, and broadcasters are to use
them to serve the public interest.
Billion-dollar corporations who are buying up media:
a. Rupert Murdoch, owner of News Corp. which owns Fox, DirecTV, Weekly
Standard, New York Post, 34 stations, and 20'th Century Fox movie and
b. Viacom, owner of CBS, MTV, and Viacom.
c. AOL Time Warner, owner of CNN, AOL.com, Time Inc, and Warner
d. Clear Channel Communications, largest owner of radio stations in the
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[ref: Frank Ahrens Washington Post Staff Writer; moveon.org]
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