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Free Press Welcomes Delay in FCC Media Ownership Vote


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JL
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But industry-backed study no substitute for independent research and agency action



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JL A. (275)
Friday March 8, 2013, 2:25 pm

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Free Press Welcomes Delay in FCC Media Ownership Vote
But industry-backed study no substitute for independent research and agency action
February 26, 2013
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Jenn Ettinger, 202-265-1490 ext. 35

WASHINGTON -- On Tuesday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski issued a statement supporting a delay in a controversial vote to loosen limits on how much media one company can own in a single market. The chairman reportedly agreed to the delay pending the results of a study proposed by the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council — a group that has previously endorsed ending the longstanding ban on newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership.

Free Press Policy Director Matt Wood made the following statement:

"We are glad the FCC is backing down from its rush to relax its media ownership rules. It’s about time the FCC admitted that it does not have the evidence to take this step. However, we have serious reservations about the proposed study's ability to meet the clear demands of the federal appeals court. The enthusiasm for these studies expressed by the broadcast lobby and its close allies gives us further pause. We are skeptical, to say the least, of a study to be conducted by an analyst that has previously endorsed the FCC’s weakening of its longstanding rules.

"We wouldn’t presume to judge any study before it is completed, but the work of researchers with long-standing ties to the broadcast industry is no substitute for independent, peer-reviewed research. Based on our understanding of this qualitative study's methodology, however, we have serious concerns about its ability to provide useful information. And even with considerable improvements to those methods, the study's designers would have to acknowledge that it cannot provide definitive information that would satisfy the Third Circuit's directives."
Diversity in Media Ownership
 

Kit B. (277)
Friday March 8, 2013, 4:13 pm

It does surprise me that so far (dare I say this?) the FCC seems to making a small effort to move toward the side of the angels. Okay, I 'm getting carried away it is the FCC and they are so easily bribed that they bring a new low to the word. Oops. Not bribed, just malleable...sure that's it.
 

Kit B. (277)
Friday March 8, 2013, 4:14 pm

I just took a closer look at that picture, now I'm sick.
 

Kit B. (277)
Friday March 8, 2013, 4:26 pm

I have been a member in good standing with FREE PRESS for, well more than a few years. No one works harder for the rights of free and open media and Internet Neutrality than Free Press.
 

JL A. (275)
Friday March 8, 2013, 4:28 pm
We do need to restrain Murdoch's desire to create a media empire here, especially given what has been revealed in the UK. You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day
 

Carol D. (108)
Friday March 8, 2013, 4:46 pm
Murdoch is just corrupt and if anyone believes that when he said he did not know what was going on in UK then ive got wings

Noted thanks
 

JL A. (275)
Friday March 8, 2013, 4:49 pm
You are welcome Carol and thanks for adding a UK perspective. You cannot currently send a star to Carol because you have done so within the last day.
 

JL A. (275)
Friday March 8, 2013, 6:08 pm
LOL Kit...had to remind people this was a Murdoch seeking the expansion issue. You cannot currently send a star to Kit because you have done so within the last day.
 

John B. (215)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 5:29 am
Thanks J.L. for the post. Glad to hear of the FCC's action and hope they do not relax the ban. Read and noted.
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday March 9, 2013, 7:24 am
You are welcome John. Me, too. You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last day.
 
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