Friday, September 15th, 2006

FCC Buried Study On Effects of Media Consolidation

News reports surfaced yesterday stating that the FCC ordered an important study on localism to be covered up. The report confirmed that greater concentration of media ownership would hurt local TV news coverage.

The report was produced at the request of former FCC Chair Michael Powell, a staunch deregulator under whose watch media consolidation expanded greatly. Powell then buried the report when it produced results that worked against his pro-big business agenda.

In other words, the FCC–a governmental body which is supposed to be working in the interests of the public to expand the information you receive, because it creates things like, oh, better democracy–knows that consolidation suppresses the diversity and local flavor of the news you get. Isn’t it ironic they don’t want you to know that?

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