FCC Commissioner Laments the State of TV News, Partially Blames Government LAT

Federal Communications Commissioner Michael Copps is lamenting the state of television news, which he says is "in its hour of grave peril," Joe Flint reports in the Los Angeles Times Company Town blog.

Copps charges that the media is falling far short when it comes to serving the public, the report said, citing both a BBC World News America interview that aired yesterday and a speech Copps was scheduled to deliver today at Columbia University's School of Journalism. 

"American media is not 'producing the body of news and information that democracy needs to conduct its civic dialogue,' Copps said in an interview with the BBC's Katty Kay," the Times reported. "That trend, he added, has to be reversed or 'we are going to be pretty close to denying our citizens the essential news and information that they need to have in order to make intelligent decisions about the future direction of their country.'"

The report added, "But Copps, who has never been shy about criticizing big media, doesn't just point the finger at them. He says his own regulatory agency allowed much of it to happen through deregulation that cleared the way for a massive consolidation in the industry."