A coalition of advocacy groups has called a tele-press conference for Thursday to release study on media concentration and to warn against any further loosening of FCC ownership limits.
A coalition of advocacy groups opposed to the FCC easing its broadcast ownership limits will release research on Thursday that its says shows people in 12 states live in “highly concentrated media markets with few choices for news and views.”
The release of the study will coincide with a tele-press conference at which representatives of the groups will argue against changing the rules, which now restrict ownership of newspapers and broadcast stations in the same market and the ownership of two top-rated TV stations in a market.
The FCC’s deadline for comments in its proceeding aimed at relaxing the rules in next Monday (Oct. 23).
In announcing its press conference, the coalition said that more media mergers in the markets it studied “will reduce already insufficient local news coverage and eliminate diverse voices and viewpoints, all with ‘no questions asked’ by the FCC under its proposed new rules.”
If the FCC relaxes the rules, the coalition warns, “Americans lose access to views and news, media moguls may grow richer, but America’s democracy will be poorer.”
Slated to speak at the press conference: Common Cause President Chellie Pingree, Free Press Policy Director Ben Scott; Consumers Union Vice President Gene Kimmelman and Consumer Federation of America Director of Research Dr. Mark Cooper.
The press conference is slated for Thursday (Oct. 19) at 2 p.m. To access it, call 888-424-6234 with conference ID number 7882031.