Corporate Power/Consolidation

Local media on Seattle FCC Hearing

Backing, hisses for media consolidation

By Todd Bishop, Seattle Post-Intelligencer (March 8)

Media executives and a passionate crowd of media consumers gathered in Seattle yesterday to discuss the prospect of big companies amassing even larger collections of TV stations, radio stations

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Media Monopolies: A Threat to American Democracy (AFL-CIO Resolution)

The Executive Council of the AFL-CIO, on a motion by Screen Actors Guild President Melissa Gilbert, adopted a resolution urging the FCC to keep media ownership regulation.

Media Monopolies: A Threat to American Democracy

"It is the purpose of the First Amendment to preserve an uninhibited marketplace

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Seattle City Council Resolution

A RESOLUTION in support of diversity in media ownership.

WHEREAS, freedom of the press and public access to diverse media are prerequisites for a functioning democracy; and

WHEREAS, the broadcast airwaves are owned commonly by the public, and should be managed to serve the public interest; and

WHEREAS,

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Licata on FCC's Proposed Changes

Urban Politics: FCC PROPOSED CHANGES
by Nick Licata

Since the 1996 Telecommunications Act deregulated of radio ownership rules we have seen a national trend of massive media consolidation and dramatically decreased competition.

In particular it has damaged local accountability and content diversity,

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Chuck D to Headline March 7 Event

Chuck D to Headline March 7 Event
Summary:

The FUTURE OF MEDIA: Action for Media Democracy
March 7, 7-10:30pm, Experience Music Project, Seattle

featuring:
* Chuck D and the Fine Arts Militia
* FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein
* Hard Knock Radio host and Hip Hop journalist Davey D
* US Representative Jim McDermott
* Jenny Toomey of the Future of Music Coalition
* tactical immersion lab by Spaceboat, media action center and more
Free (donations accepted) All Ages

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Green Light Specials on Media Consolidation

If the FCC loosens its rules, will media giants go on a radio-and-TV shopping spree? Absolutely.

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CWA Tells FCC: Preserve Diversity of Information Sources and Ownership

To best preserve the widest possible dissemination and diversity of information to the public, the Federal Communications Commission should safeguard the media from consolidation into fewer hands, Linda Foley, president of The Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America, told FCC commissioners

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On Media Giantism, by William Safire (NYT)

A NYT article of January 20, 2003

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Seattle Education Association Opposes Media Deregulation

To be submitted to the FCC by the Seattle Education Association

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FCC to Hold Ownership Hearing in Seattle

Summary:

FCC Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein will hold a media concentration hearing in Seattle, on March 7. This hearing, and others scheduled in Richmond, Durham and other cities, are intended to solicit public comments on the FCC's current review of media ownership rules which protect localism, content diversity, competition and public access to communications resources.

The Seattle hearing will take place at 9am Friday, March 7 at the HUB Auditorium, University of Washington, and is hosted by the UW's Shidler Center for Law, Commerce and Technology. Three panels will focus on consolidation in radio, consolidation and news, and localism. [panel details here.]

Reclaim the Media and the Seattle Alliance for Media Education will be set up outside before, during and after the hearings with information tables, guest speakers and afternoon workshops. We will also have a soapbox (and microphone) set up outside for those unable to deliver their comments to the FCC in person--we'll record them and submit them on your behalf.

[ Shidler Center for Law, Commerce and Technology ]

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