Thursday, October 26, 2017

More Conglomerates, Less Local Media Coming

There are some big changes coming in local broadcast media that could mean local broadcasters wouldn't need to have a local studio in the town they broadcast in. Other changes will allow more
media consolidation which will eventually lead to most broadcasters being owned by wall street media conglomerates.

A former FCC Commissioner called the changes "a virtual death sentence to local media". 

Here's an excerpt from Common Dreams:

Democratic FCC commissioner Mignon Clyburn told Bloomberg that with the party-line vote to end the rule, the agency is "paving the way for broadcast station groups, large and small, to terminate studio staff and abandon the communities they are obligated to serve."

CommonDreams.org has the story about the changes coming from the FCC.

"In a series of moves this week that have alarmed free speech advocates and critics of media consolidation, the Federal Communications Commissions (FCC) voted to abolish a rule requiring radio and television broadcasters to maintain studios near the communities they serve, and FCC chairman Ajit Pai announced..." CommonDreams.org  

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  2. Sad to say but this is happening all over the country.

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  3. It has been for decades but this just makes things worse. The nail in the coffin for local choice in most places.

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