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 FCC hands U.S. media to media giants2003-06-16 22:21
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by Flemming Funch

In case anybody missed it, on June 2nd the FCC approved a measure that practically wipes out the traditional concentration protections that existed in the U.S. in terms of media. I.e. there were rules in place to avoid that any one company could own a significant portion of the media outlets, locally or nationally. Seems like it is curtains for that. The changes include:
- National concentration: A national television network may now acquire dozens of local broadcaster stations and control up to 90 percent of the national television market;

- Local concentration: A single corporation may now acquire, in one city, up to three television stations, eight radio stations, the cable TV system, numerous cable TV stations, and the only daily newspaper.
Read about it from close to the source, FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, one of the two dissenting votes. Apparently 750,000 people wrote in about it, 99% against it, and most of Congress weren't for it either. So, eh, why did they make such a decision? It's called corruption. More here.


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17 Jun 2003 @ 02:22 by maxtobin : Now the wide end!!
Having inserted the wedge the 'powers that be' now wish to control the media so no dissenting voice will ever be heard. All this in the land of the free!!
We are certainly living in interesting times.  



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Well - there have not been any truly free media in the US since a long time. All commercial stations naturally have to live from advertisement and will not bring any content that is counterproductive to selling the advertised products. Further concentration merely is the next step of an almost completed process. It is interesting to see, by the way, that the largest protests against the Iraq war were in countries with a more or less healthy independent media scene.  


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