UMN Expert: FCC to Vote on Media Consolidation
During the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) meeting today and according to multiple media outlets, commissioners are expected to vote along party lines in favor of passing major changes to media ownership rules. The expected vote comes as the FCC considers whether to allow the merger of Sinclair Broadcast Group and Tribune Media, creating a station group that would reach 72 percent of U.S. television households.
Christopher Terry – an assistant professor of media ethics and law at the Hubbard School of Journalism & Mass Communication at the University of Minnesota – weighs in on the impact of media consolidation.
"The FCC's vote today on media ownership represents the latest chapter in a saga I have described as, “The Legacy of Failure.” Not satisfied with the legal, policy and economic failures resulting from the consolidation of media ownership for radio between 1996-2005, the agency is now doubling down. At the expense of the public interest, the agency is turning its previous shortcomings into a justification for more ownership consolidation."
Professor Terry holds a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Mass Communication with a Law Minor and a M.A. in Mass Communication from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
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