FCC Ordered “Monopolies Are Bad For Local TV” Study Destroyed

A study showing how having fewer owners of media outlets hurts local TV news was ordered destroyed by the FCC. It has since come to light and a California senator demands answers.

    “The analysis showed local ownership of television stations adds almost five and one-half minutes of total news to broadcasts and more than three minutes of “on-location” news. The conclusion is at odds with FCC arguments made when it voted in 2003 to increase the number of television stations a company could own in a single market.”

After receiving the report from an inside source, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif wrote a letter this Wednesday to FCC Chairman Kevin Martin questioning why the report had not been made public. She asked if it was “shelved because the outcome was not to the liking of some of the commissioners and/or any outside powerful interests?”

(Thanks to Jpac!)

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  1. lpranal says:

    either that, or it was such an incredibly horribly-written, inaccurate study. Just because something gets thrown out doesn’t mean there’s a conspiracy involved.

    And am I the only one who thinks that local news is usually nothing more than poorly produced and uninteresting interpretations of wire stories, with the occaisonal “human interest” piece thrown in about some guy who collects milk jugs?

    Not that I’m for monopolies, by any means… but sometimes I think people just have a knee-jerk reaction when it’s perceived that the mom-and-pop / local types are shaken up by larger organizations.

  2. mfergel says:

    Well, this effects more than television. This also includes newspaper, radio, etc. I can’t even listen to the radio anymore since Clear Channel started taking over the airwaves. It’s utter crap. Too much advertising, a song catalog consisting of the same 20 songs played over and over, DJ’s that are obviously 100′s of miles away, contests in which you compete with callers around the nation, etc…….crap crap crap….

  3. Plasmafire says:

    What the conspiracy theorists are saying right now, that the government wants more mergers, that way it will be easier for them to control the media.

  4. Chongo says:

    She shouldn’t of even ‘asked’ why it was shelved. She should of just ranted and raved about the FCC