Many Americans Oppose Media Concentration
November 2, 2007 1:26 PM
The Media and Democracy Coalition released its survey today finding that 57%of responders favored laws prohibiting a company to own a newspaper and television station in the same market. The survey was timely, coming out as the Federal Communications Commission was to hold a public meeting about that topic.
For now, FCC rules prohibit a company owing a newspaper and TV station in the same market without a FCC waiver. But the FCC is holding yet another meeting in mid-December to possibly ease that existing limitation.
The findings of the survey somewhat puzzled me. For starters if you’re not in the business, I suspect the normal Joe wouldn’t know which company owned what. So who are the people being surveyed here, a bunch of hand -picked gadflys?
I doubt it, but I raise the question because I’m skeptical. Rather, I think there’s a halo effect going on here. After witnessing consolidation in so many industries including banking, healthcare, insurance, to name but a few, and the job losses that ensued, the almost innate, knee-jerk reaction is to say no to further consolidation. So I take the survey findings here with a grain of salt. Do you?