Items tagged "Media Ownership"

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Public Knowledge Applauds House Energy and Commerce’s Commitment to Media Diversity

September 9, 2020 Media Diversity , Media Ownership

Today, the House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee marked up the “Expanding Broadcast Ownership Opportunities Act of 2019” (H.R. 3957) and the “Enhancing Broadcaster Diversity and Inclusion by Verifying and Ensuring the Reporting required by Statute Is Transpiring and Yielding Data (DIVERSITY) Act” (H.R. 5564). These bills would incentivise the sale of traditional media to historically marginalized groups and require the Federal Communications Commission to collect more accurate employment and ownership data, respectively. 

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House Energy and Commerce Should Not Support the Walden Incubator Program

September 8, 2020 broadcast , broadcast incubator program , Media Diversity , Media Ownership

Tomorrow, the House Energy and Commerce Communications and Technology Subcommittee will mark up a series of bills, which may include “The Broadcast Diversity in Leadership Act” as introduced by Greg Walden (R-OR) last week. The bill would create a “Broadcast Incubator Program,” led by the Federal Communications Commission, to enable broadcasters to form partnerships with new market entrants. Public Knowledge contends that passing this bill would actually make it more difficult to achieve media diversity by sidestepping what “diversity” means — particularly for members of Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC), not to mention women — while further entrenching the lack of diverse voices in media.

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Public Knowledge Responds to FCC Vote to Lift Media Ownership Cap

December 14, 2017 FCC , Media Consolidation , Media Ownership , Video Competition , Video Marketplace

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to modify or eliminate the 39 percent national audience reach cap that prevents broadcast stations from owning too much of the market. The NPRM will also seek comment on the UHF discount used by broadcast television station groups to calculate compliance with the audience reach cap.

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FCC Eliminates Media Consolidation Rules, Harming Competition and Viewpoint Diversity

November 16, 2017 FCC , Media Consolidation , Media Diversity , Media Ownership

Today, the Federal Communications Commission voted to approve an Order on Reconsideration and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on media consolidation. This order eliminated rules that limit any one entity from owning too many newspaper, radio, and television entities within a local market. These rules were essential in helping to protect viewpoint diversity, locally created content, and competition.

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The FCC Can — and Should — Update Its Rules to Combat Rising Cross-Ownership

February 25, 2019 Competition , FCC , Litigation , Media Ownership , Mergers

The Federal Communications Commission is required by law to review its media ownership rules every four years to determine whether they remain “necessary in the public interest.” If they do not, the FCC is to “repeal or modify” the regulations. Contrary to the apparent belief of the FCC, the Quadrennial Review is not simply about eliminating or relaxing rules. Rather, the purpose of the review is to serve the public interest. Therefore, when the FCC decides whether to keep, repeal, or modify current rules, some rules may need to be enhanced.

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Holiday Handouts: How the FCC Gave Gifts to Sinclair and Lumps of Coal for Consumers

December 22, 2017 Competition , FCC , Media Ownership , Sinclair

It’s the holiday season, and the Federal Communications Commission has been in a giving mood for the largest media companies. Over the past few months, the FCC has adopted a number of items that have relaxed or eliminated rules around media ownership. On their own, these actions allow for the largest media companies to further consolidate, drowning out diverse, independent, and local voices in the marketplace. However, the FCC’s actions have also particularly benefited one broadcast company — Sinclair — and its effort to merge with Tribune.

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Fewer Voices In Our Communities: The FCC Supports More Media Ownership Consolidation

November 14, 2017 Competition , FCC , Media Consolidation , Media Diversity , Media Ownership

Imagine living in a town where the only local daily newspaper, two of the top four television broadcasters, and some local radio stations are all owned by the same entity. An owner might promote one political ideology or favor particular beliefs, leaving different viewpoints simply unheard. This poses many dangers, and runs contrary to the principles of a country that prides itself on the First Amendment and the benefits of robust public dialogue. This Twilight Zone-esque hypothetical may now become reality when the Federal Communications Commission moves to scrap central portions of its historic media ownership rules at the Open Meeting on Thursday. The current media ownership rules limit any one entity from owning too many of the newspaper, radio, and/or television entities within a local market, in order to ensure viewpoint diversity. These rules are under attack.

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