Corporate Power/Consolidation

FCC buried report showing local TV owners provide more local news

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Under previous Chairman Michael Powell, the FCC appears to have deliberately suppressed research demonstrating that local media ownership corresponds to increased local news content.

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In Milwaukee, FCC hears local views on media

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Crowd warns about consolidation hazards

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Bell Globemedia absorbs CHUM media chain

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More media consolidation in Canada: CHUM tenders majority of shares to Bell Globemedia; deal stll subject to approval by CRTC

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Prodi braces for fight to curb Berlusconi's media empire

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Though defeated at the ballot box, Italian former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi remains the country's biggest media mogul--which gives him a source of unelected, unaccountable power. There oughta be a law...

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Beware peer-to-peer and BitTorrent: without net neutrality, your days will be numbered and charged

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The most democratic, seemingly uncontrollable file-sharing protocols on the web are among the most likely to be disrupted by big Internet firms if they succeed in quashing net neutrality.

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Clear Channel calls for more radio consolidation; unions say consolidation already hurts democracy

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Two articles, two diametrically opposed prescriptions for making radio better.

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Rupert Murdoch: Killing News

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These days, Murdoch’s war-mongering is compulsive, and his disregard for human wreckage is both calculated and global.

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Culture treaty couldn't save Korea from Hollywood

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As a negotiation strategy, it wasn't exactly one for the Korean textbooks. Before free trade talks were officially launched this month between the United States and South Korea, Asia's third largest economy had already caved to U.S. pressure, agreeing to gut a popular policy which has been credited for nurturing Korea's celebrated film industry.

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Gore lashes out at media consolidation

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Former VP Gore--an enthusiatic supporter of the 1996 Telecom Act which opened the door to ten years of dramatic media consolidation--now speaks out against media oligarchy.

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A dirty war for control of the media in Oaxaca

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Responding to Government Attack on Occupied Channel 9, Social Movement Seizes Control of Ten Commercial Radio Stations

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The media's job is to interest the public in the public interest. -John Dewey