Gomes: Radio Stations Are ‘State-Approved Monopoly’ of Their Own

“There is a reason to root for a merger, and it involves the group most actively opposing it: the broadcast lobby.”
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“There is a reason to root for a merger, and it involves the group most actively opposing it: the broadcast lobby.”

Lee Gomes writes in the Wall Street Journal about “How Radio Listeners Will Fare in a Merger of Sirius and XM.”

“Think for a second about commercial radio in the U.S.,” he writes. “Its ownership is highly concentrated, its programming is most commonly described as ‘soulless’ and it is missing most of the public-interest programming we used to take for granted. A radio station, after all, is but a state-approved monopoly on the public’s airwaves.”

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