Future of Music Coalition, Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America and Consumers Union Urge FCC to Take Employment Effects of Their Policies into Account During Upcoming Review of Media Ownership Rules.
Today, the Federal Communications Commission announced a rulemaking on media ownership, in particular Rules and Policies Concerning Multiple Ownership of Radio Broadcast Stations in Local Markets (MM Docket No. 01-317). read more
The Republican majority at the FCC made a cynical and short-sighted decision to push forward with their campaign to reduce and eliminate time-honored rules and safeguards which have defended citizens access to diverse, competitive and local
media. In doing so they blatantly ignored the will of public and warnings
from industry leaders, congressional representatives, city councils, consumer
advocates, academics, creators and community groups. These rules were
originally enacted to prevent the growth of media monopolies and ensure
a diversity of voices. In their absence we anticipate a period of unprecedented
consolidation and a swift transformation of our existing media to one
that is less representative, less responsive, less diverse, and less competitive.
The negative impact of these changes on culture, civic participation and
democracy cannot be understated. read more
The unprecedented consolidation of the commercial radio industry that followed the Telecommunications Act of 1996 has led to a loss of localism, less competition, fewer viewpoints and less diversity in radio programming in media markets across the country, according to Radio Deregulation: Has It Served Citizens and Musicians?
a study released today by the Future of Music Coalition (FMC). read more