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This page was last updated 07/16/09

animated mirror ballCONGRATULATIONS!

For those of you on my email lists, and those who have been following this vital issue, WE DID IT!

Last week, Michael Powell, Chair of the FCC, resigned. This week, the Bush Administration decided to not appeal to the Supreme Court to try to revise sweeping changes to media ownership rules thrown out by a lower court.

The changes would have allowed a single company to own TV stations and a newspaper in the same area, and to own TV and radio stations and radio stations in a single market. Critics, said that would encourage mergers, and stifle diversity in news and entertainment.

As great as this news sounds, we must remain diligent, and continue to monitor this vital issue.

Thank you for all you do!

"Our liberty cannot be guarded but by the freedom of the press, nor that be limited without danger of losing it."
Thomas Jefferson to John Jay, 1786.

Some history of our efforts:

On June 2, 2003 the Federal Communications Commission voted 3-2 to authorize sweeping changes to the American news media. The rule changes were meant to allow your local TV stations, newspaper, radio stations, and cable provider to all be owned by one company.

We the People made history when we bombarded our representatives with emails and phone calls urging them to vote to overturn the FCC ruling. On June 19th Senate Bill S1046 was overruled. This was unprecedented in the history of Congress.

WE the People continued to contact our representatives about House bill HR 2052 and on July 17th the House overruled the FCC, again historical!

WE the People were ecstatic over our victory!

However, the FCC appealed to the courts and the court sent down a ruling that the FCC must rewrite all regulations. We must remain diligent, continue contacting our representatives, and tell others!


Top Television Broadcasters

Company Number of stations Percentage of households reached
 
Viacom Inc 39 38.8%
News Corp 35 37.8%
General Electric 14 33.6%
Paxson Comm 65 30.9%
Tribune 26 30.0%
Walt Disney 10 23.6%


Top Radio Broadcasters
 

Company Number of stations
2001 revenues (millions)
 
Clear Channel 1,238 $3,265.4
Viacom Inc (Infinity) 183 $2,081.1
Cox Enterprises 79 $431.4
Entercom Comm 103 $407.9
Walt Disney 59 $403.9


Newspaper Companies
 

Company Number of newspapers
Circulation (millions)
*
 
Gannett 100 7.7
Knight Ridder 31 5.1
Tribune 12 5.1
New York Times 19 3.2
Hearst 12 2.4




 

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