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AFTRA Asks FCC To Hold Meetings On Consolidation

AFTRA Asks FCC To Hold Meetings On Consolidation

The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists is leading a coalition of industry groups that has asked the FCC to hold hearings before it takes any further steps to loosen industry ownership in radio and/or television.
“Ownership consolidation has severely reduced diversity of voices in the marketplace, marginalized the interests of local communities and restricted access to distribution outlets for creative talent, all at the expense of the public interest they are purportedly bound to serve,” said AFTRA Executive Director Greg Hessinger in a statement.
The coalition includes: AFTRA, The Newspaper Guild-Communications Workers of America, the AFL-CIO Department for Professional Employees and the Writers Guild of America/East. The coalition has retained the services of the Center for Economic and Policy Research to review and critique data released in various ownership studies by the FCC recently. The studies were released by the FCC in advance of an announced rule making relative to existing rules that limit ownership of broadcast media. Comments on the studies (MB Docket 02-27) are due to the commission by Dec. 2.