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May 24 2010 - 5:01pm

FCC holds workshop in Silicon Valley



Friday, May 21, 2010



Palo Alto, CA -- At a Stanford University workshop on digital innovations in broadcast, Internet experts were the unlikely defenders of traditional media’s continued relevance. Debunking arguments for deregulation from “old media” representatives, the “new media” advocates said ownership limits are still needed in a digital era.


May 21 2010 - 3:00am

The Federal Communications Commission and an appeals court should find cross-ownership rules inadequate. Both the court and the FCC should find ways to tighten the rules to make media consolidation difficult, writes Seattle Times columnist Ryan Blethen.

Times editorial page editor

May 20 2010 - 3:00am

Posted on by Tom Roe

May 17 2010 - 3:00am

Huffington Post

(This is a guest blog from the Prometheus Radio Project, a long-time ally and friend in media justice).

The FCC is coming to Silicon Valley. The famously old-school agency will make an unlikely visit to the high tech mecca, asking if "legacy media" (radio, television, and newspapers) even matter in the Internet age. More specifically, the FCC will ask an expert panel whether we still need the media ownership rules designed to protect democracy by preventing media monopolies and consolidation.

Gathering at Stanford University on Friday, May 21, media execs will claim that in the age of blogging and Twitter, we have millions of news sources to choose from. In this utopia of media diversity, everyone is a journalist and every point of view can be heard. According to big media, if the FCC wants to help out, they should forget about local ownership limits and just finish the job of deregulation.

May 3 2010 - 10:19am


Community radio stations have generated a ton of expertise on the elements involved in running a radio station. Back in 2006, we received funding to update our library of station resources by giving selected community stations a stipend to revise out-of-date handbooks and write new ones. The result was three handbooks on the topics of Station Governance (WSLR), Fundraising (KYRS) and Automation (KDRT).

We've been fortunate in receiving funding to continue the Handbook Project. So this is a call for another round! This time around we’re looking for handbooks on the following topics:

Apr 23 2010 - 12:33pm

Who: WGXC, Promtheus Radio Project, and you


What: Station build, hands-on workshops, panel discussions, and more


When: September 24-26, 2010


Where: Hudson, New York

Apr 21 2010 - 12:04pm

April 20, 2010

Tampa, FL-- A little-publicized FCC workshop on Tuesday drew a large crowd that spoke loudly and unanimously against cross-ownership, with audience members lining up to speak for more than two hours of lively public comment.

The workshop signals that the FCC may try to lift its longtime ban on cross-ownership, which prevents a single company from owning the major newspaper and a broadcast station in the same market. Because Media General owns both the Tampa Tribune and WFLA in an arrangement that predates the 1975 ban, the FCC came to Tampa to evaluate the impact of existing cross-ownership in this area.

Apr 21 2010 - 3:00am

Mitch Perry
Creative Loafing
April 21, 2010

Members from the Federal Communications Commission hosted a meeting on ownership rules for media companies on the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus on Tuesday afternoon, as they contemplate allowing corporations more opportunities to take over broadcast outlets.

Apr 20 2010 - 3:00am
Mitch Perry
Creative Loafing
April 20, 2010

We do want to remind readers that the members of the very powerful Federal Communications Commission are in Tampa this afternoon on a workshop media ownership rules, and specifically, it’s cross-ownership rules.  That’s the law that prohibits a media company from owning a newspaper and broadcast outlet in the same media market.  Of course that’s not the situation in Tampa, where Media General owns both the Tampa Tribune and WFLA News Channel 8.

Apr 19 2010 - 10:55am
Josh Stearns
SaveTheNews.org
April 15, 2010

The wide-ranging debates and policy proceedings happening in DC right now regarding the future of media could have an enormous impact on journalism in America. Here’s a rundown of the key debates that will shape journalism in the coming years.