2! 4! 6! 8! Who Do We Consolidate?

Friday, November 02, 2007

Transcript

It’s been a busy week at the FCC. In a decision which affects millions of cable subscribers, they ruled against exclusive deals between cable companies and apartment owners. They also held public hearings on media consolidation. Broadcasting and Cable’s John Eggerton explains the stakes.

Comments [2]

Chris Gray from New Haven, CT

After hearing your podcast I wrote the FCC:

The concentration of media ownership in an ever small (sic) number of corporate hands is contrary to the welfare of the people, the democratic ideals and institutions of our nation. It is a direct threat to the principles and practice of the first amendment to the Constitution.

Far too little has been done to uphold the welfare of the nation by this collection of and other recent collections of Commissioner (sic) of this body and it an insult to all that is sacred in that Constitution.

Some years ago, I was able to use the license renewal process and, by extension, simple access to the public file of a local television station to hold them accountable for inadequate and unfair coverage of community events and, in that case, the campaign of a small third party in a local election.

Since they were required to pay a staffer to assure the security of the file during my examination, even the brief period I used as an example of the damage I could do to their payroll proved adequate in getting them to cover an event they would have preferred to pretend hadn’t existed – a protest of S. African tennis pros who had failed to keep a promise to speak out against their country’s then-policy of Apartheid at the city’s tennis tournament.

According to my understanding of a recent Bill Moyer’s Journal assessment of the current situation, this tactic may well no longer be viable.

Shame on you.

Nov. 05 2007 03:33 PM
David McKibben from Pembroke Pines, Florida

Thank god. I have been stuck with one cable company for the past couple of years, Direcpath, and I want more services, more choices. Thank you FCC, now I can have it.

Nov. 04 2007 10:39 PM

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