Ownership

Local News Research: Hudson Valley

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A report on Hudson Valley (NY) local news, documenting the lack of local news and problems of concentrated ownership. Prepared for the Hudson Valley FCC Public Forum (11/2006)

Date: 
Fri, 2008-02-29 08:00
Issue: 
Media ownership

Digital television and radio: Democratisation or greater concentration? (APC report)

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The Association for Progressive Communications presents a new issue
paper focused on the Latin American reality.

DIGITAL TELEVISION AND RADIO: Democratisation or greater concentration?

By Gustavo Gómez Germano

Digitalisation of media is an approaching reality for Latin American countries. This technologic paradigm shift promises more democratic and diverse access to radio and TV frequencies. However, there is also a great risk of reproducing the same inequalities and power relations that exist in the “analogue” world and thus of media being in the hands of a few. This paper illustrates the political and regulatory implications of an apparently technical and thus neutral phenomenon. It also suggests advocacy priorities to create a more informed and active civil society.

see website for Spanish version (pdf)

http://www.apc.org/english/index.shtml

Date: 
Wed, 2007-11-07 12:00
Issue: 
community media (Latin America)

Bigger Media Does Not Equal Better Media - New Studies from Benton/SSRC

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The Benton Foundation and the Social Science Research Council released four independent academic studies of the impact of media consolidation in the U.S. The studies focus on how the concentration of media ownership affect media content, from local news reporting to radio music programming and how minority groups have fared – as both media outlet owners and as historically-undeserved audiences -- in an increasingly deregulated media environment. These studies make clear that media consolidation does not correlate with better, more local or more diverse media content. To the contrary, they strongly suggest that media ownership rules should be tightened not relaxed.

Author: 
Kevin Taglang
Article Text: 

The Benton Foundation and the Social Science Research Council released four independent academic studies of the impact of media consolidation in the U.S. The studies focus on how the concentration of media ownership affect media content, from local news reporting to radio music programming and how minority groups have fared – as both media outlet owners and as historically-undeserved audiences -- in an increasingly deregulated media environment. These studies make clear that media consolidation does not correlate with better, more local or more diverse media content. To the contrary, they strongly suggest that media ownership rules should be tightened not relaxed.

The studies are intended to inform the FCC's reexamination of media ownership restrictions and have been filed with the FCC during the initial public comment period ending Monday, October 23.

Benton president and former FCC commissioner Gloria Tristani framed the importance of these studies, stating, “This is about everything we hear and see and read through the media. At stake is how TV, radio, newspapers and even emerging media will look, what role they will play in citizens’ lives, and who, if anyone, will control them and for what purposes.”

Joe Karaganis, program director at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), commented that the goal of the SSRC is “to ensure that public policy is informed by rigorous data and analysis, and by a wide range of perspectives. Our role in this process has been that of a facilitator of a larger conversation among researchers interested in media ownership.”

The four studies examine key relationships between ownership, programming, and community impact.

Fallout from the Telecommunications Act 1996: Unintended Consequences and Lessons Learned (Report)

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From the Common Cause Education Fund, this study tells the story of how the Telecom Act of 1996 failed to serve the public and did not deliver on its promise of more competition, more diversity, lower prices, more jobs and a booming economy. Instead, the public got more media concentration, less diversity, and higher prices. Media conglomerates invest little in news and information, and local news in particular is failing to provide viewers with the information they need to participate in their democracy. How did this happen?

Date: 
Sun, 2005-05-08 22:00
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