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FROM: http://www.democracynow.org/FCC2.shtml

Despite fierce opposition, the Federal Communications Commission voted on June 2, 2003 by a 3-2 vote, to relax or eliminate decades-old rules governing media consolidation.

The changes will unleash a major new wave of consolidation among newspaper, television and radio companies.

The three decade old ban on a newspaper buying a television or radio station in the same city is largely gone. The commission also has allowed broadcast networks to buy more stations at the local and national levels.

On Wednesday May 21 in Atlanta, two dissident members of the Federal Communications Commission hosted the final public hearing on the upcoming FCC rule changes on media ownership. Democracy Now! broadcasted the hearing live online and has archived the entire hearing on this page.

Listen to hearing: [low-bandwidth] http://play.rbn.com/?url=demnow/demnow/demand/FCC2003-0521.rm&proto=rtsp&start=22:10.5

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Dissident FCC Commissioners Jonathan Adelstein and Michael Copps both spoke at the event, "Media and Democracy Hearing: Where Are We and What's Next."

Other speakers included legal media expert Christopher Yoo of theVanderbilt University Law School; Amy Goodman, host of "Democracy Now!"; John Sugg, Senior Editor of Creative Loafing; Jabari Simama, Director of the City of Atlanta's Office of Community Technology; and Loretta Ross, Director of the National Center for Human Rights Education. The panelists discussed the impact of media ownership rules on diversity in programming, viability of independent production, the variety of editorial, cultural and ethnic voices and barriers to industry entry. Public comment followed the panelists presentation.

Archived Democracy Now! coverage:

June 20, 2003: Senate Commerce Committee Votes to Prevent Nation's Largest Media Conglomerates from Growing Even Larger http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=03/06/20/1418203

The Senate has begun to reverse the FCC's vote to relax media concentration rules, but the legislation faces an uphill battle in the House.

June 18, 2003:

Senate Commerce Committee Decides Tomorrow Whether to Roll Back FCC Decisions Allowing Massive Media Consolidation

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=03/06/18/1423256

A bipartisan group of U.S. senators plan to push the legislation that would bar a company from owning a television station, a newspaper and radio outlets in a single market.

June 3, 2003:

Over the Chants of Protesters The FCC Votes to Unleash the Largest Wave of Media Consolidation in U.S. History

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=03/06/03/1723255

The three-decade old ban on a newspaper buying a television or radio station in the same city is largely gone. Broadcast networks are also allowed to buy more stations at the local and national levels.

June 3, 2003: Did Viacom-Sponsored Trips Affect FCC Media Bureau Chief Kenneth Ferree's Support of Media Consolidation? He Says No.

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=03/06/03/1740258

The rule changes are seen as a major victory for media giants, including CBS parent Viacom, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. and Tribune Co.

June 2, 2003:

Democracy Now! Goes Live to the FCC Vote on Rules Governing Media Consolidation

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=03/06/02/1855258

FCC members prepare the way for the largest wave of media consolidation in U.S. history.

June 2, 2003: "The Whole Thing Reeks of Conflict of Interest. To Begin the Catalog of Corruption Here, You Would Have to do a 24-Hour Marathon."

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=03/06/02/191259

Robert McChesney, author of eight books on media and politics, discusses the inner-workings of the FCC and the importance of media diversity.

June 2, 2003:

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=03/06/02/191259

Diverse Organizations from Around the Country Testify Against Media Consolidation

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=03/06/02/1910217

From the United Church of Christ to the National Association of Black Journalists to Children Now, organizations around the country speak out.

May 29, 2003:

"No More Clear Channel! Stop the FCC Media Giveaway" - Despite a National Call for a Delay, the FCC is Poised to Vote on Media Consolidation Rules on June 2nd

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=03/05/29/1815204

Protests across the country today against Clear Channel, the symbol of media consolidation.

May 29, 2003:

Diverse Organizations from Around the Country Testify Against Media Consolidation

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=03/05/29/1825247

"Big media conglomerates get even bigger…that will spell more sensationalism, more crassness, homogenization and even less serious news coverage than we have today. You call this the McDonaldization of American media."

May 23, 2003:

Children's Programming is at Risk from a Concentration of Ownership in the Media

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=03/05/23/1650248

As the FCC is poised to unleash the largest wave of media consolidation, a new study has found that concentration of media ownership leads to a dramatic decrease in children's programming.

May 22, 2003:

Telecommunications Industry Has Lavished FCC Commissioners with Millions of Dollars in Travel Gifts:

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=03/05/22/1549251

The revelations come as the FCC is about adopt new media consolidation rules favorable to industry giants.

May 22, 2003: FCC Commissioner Michael Copps Speaks at the Final Public Hearing Before FCC Overhauls Decades-Old Rules Governing Media Consolidation

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=03/05/22/1555218

FCC Commissioner Michael Powell, son of Sec. of State Gen. Colin Powell, failed to attend the final hearing on new rules that analysts say will lead to the largest wave of corporate media consolidation in U.S. history

May 21, 2003: "Rupert Murdoch's Digital Death Star"

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=03/05/21/1716202

As the FCC prepares to unleash the largest wave of media consolidation in U.S. history, Rupert Murdoch's News Corp is already moving in on satellite TV giant DirecTV.

May 20, 2003: Will Changes in the Nation's Media Ownership Rules Mark "the Beginning of the End of Our Democracy"?

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=03/05/20/1559252

A debate between the publisher of the Seattle Times and a Vice President at the Tribune Co. which owns 15 newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and Newsday as well as over 25 television stations.

May 19, 2003: The U.S.A. Faces Wave of Media Mergers and Unprecedented Consolidation if FCC Relaxes Media Ownership Rules:

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=03/05/19/
1551236&mode=thread&tid=11

A discussion with Juan Gonzalez, co-host, Democracy Now! and president of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and Seeta Pena Gangadharan, co-founder of the Center for International Media Action.

May 19, 2003: Dissident FCC Commissioner Jonathan S. Adelstein Speaks Out Against Media Ownership Deregulation

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=03/05/19/
1554256&mode=thread&tid=11

January 17, 2003: Should the FCC Scrap All Remaining Media Ownership Rules?

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=03/04/07/
0317202&mode=thread&tid=11

We go to the FCC public hearing with a former FCC Chair, Fox Entertainment Group, the Nat'l Assoc. of Black Owned Broadcasters, the Nat'l Assoc. of Hispanic Journalists and the Center for Public Integrity

January 16, 2003: Democracy Now! Goes Live to the FCC Hearings in New York:

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=03/04/07/
0316255&mode=thread&tid=11

We hear from FCC Chair Michael Powell, Dissident FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, AFTRA President John Connolly, Micro-Broadcasting Pioneer Pete Tridish and Media Critic Mark Crispin Miller.

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