• PTC Joins Coalition to Save Local Media

    by  • November 9, 2017 • Other, Press Release • 3 Comments

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    The Parents Television Council has joined the Coalition to Save Local Media in opposing media consolidation.

    The Parents Television Council is adding its voice to a very important choir – a choir that is chiming for stronger, not weaker, community standards. We’ve allied with the bipartisan Coalition to Save Local Media, in order to bring greater national attention to the issue of media ownership.

    The FCC’s stated goal is to allow more local media outlets to be owned and controlled by distant corporations. The most recent example is Sinclair television station group’s merger with Tribune now in the works. But this issue is not just about Sinclair’s proposed acquisition of Tribune Media. This issue is about the loss of local, public accountability for the use of the publicly-owned airwaves. For fifteen years, the PTC has correlated an increase in graphic, explicit, violent and profane television content with an increase in the consolidation of media ownership. Even worse, we have documented an increase in harmful, explicit content being rated by conglomerate-owned distributors as appropriate for children to watch. When local broadcasters are owned by corporate behemoths that are based hundreds, or even thousands, of miles away, the inevitable result is that local, community standards aren’t just ignored  — they’re obliterated.

    Allowing rampant media consolidation is likely to result in bipartisan disaster over the long term. If the FCC delivers on its promise to weaken existing media ownership restrictions, children and families will become collateral damage as media behemoths with no concern for the public gain a stranglehold on the public’s own airwaves.

    “A decade-and-a-half ago, the PTC’s founder, Brent Bozell, stood shoulder-to-shoulder with a remarkably diverse group of public policy advocates to oppose the loosening of media ownership rules. Surrounded by what may be the strangest of bedfellows in the history of public policy in Washington — the National Organization for Women and Concerned Women for America; the Salvation Army and Common Cause; the National Rifle Association and MoveOn.org – Brent offered the following observation: ‘When all these groups are united on the same issue, then one of two things has happened: either the earth has spun off its axis and we have all lost our minds, or there is universal support for a concept.’ That concept was of vital importance then, and it is of even greater importance today.  In furtherance of that goal, we will be calling on our members to encourage our elected and appointed government officials to serve the public interest ahead of the corporate interest,” said PTC President Tim Winter.

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    1. Georgi Malchov
      July 26, 2018 at 1:21 am

      Here is another example of “media consolidation”:
      Over in Australia, Nine Entertainment Co. just announced a merger with Fairfax Media. The merged company, which will simply be called Nine, will be the country’s largest media company. Its assets will include:
      -Free-to-air channel Nine Network
      -1080p simulcast 9HD
      -Diginets 9Go!, 9Gem, 9Life, Extra and half of Darwin Digital Television(which is actually a Network Ten affiliate)
      -Streaming service Stan(the irony here is that it was formed as a joint venture between Nine and Fairfax)
      -Dating sites RSVP and Oasis
      -Newspapers like The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Australian Financial Review
      -Regional papers including The Canberra Times, The Newcastle Herald(as in Newcastle, NSW) and Illawara Mercury
      -Magazines like the(Sydney)magazine, The Age magazine(Melbourne), Good Weekend and BRW
      -Events such as Good Food Month and City2Surf
      -Entertainment brands like Good Food, Drive, Essential Baby, Traveller and Nabo
      -Digital sites CarAdvice.com, Nine.com.au, 9News.com.au, Wide World Of Sports and My Home
      -Weather forecast site Weatherzone
      -Digital publisher Allure Media
      -Aussie versions of sites like Gizmodo, Kotaku, Lifehacker and PopSugar, which are owned by Allure
      -HuffPost Australia, in collaboration with The Huffington Post
      -Digital-only news sites like the Brisbane Times and WA Today
      -New Zealand website stuff.co.nz
      -Metro titles in New Zealand like The Dominion Post in Wellington and The Press in Christchurch
      -A 54.4% stake in radio station empire Macquarie Radio Network
      -Song distributor Satellite Music Australia
      -A 60% stake in digital real estate business Domain Group
      -Digital real estate site Domain.com.au

      That’s all I could think of for now, but jeez! That’s a lot of assets!

    2. moax429
      November 10, 2017 at 6:04 pm

      Wouldn’t it also be great if local stations revived locally-produced kids’ shows (like what I used to watch in the late 60′s – early-to-mid-70′s when I came home from school) or locally-produced talk/variety shows?

      That would be a refreshing change of pace, as well as welcome.

    3. Gear
      November 9, 2017 at 11:42 am

      Local media ownership would allow for more diversity in local programming. It would enable local stations to air programming more desirable to their locales instead of simply blindly following the national leaders. Maybe individual cities could air their own locally-flavored game shows and sitcoms if they raised enough money and had enough open time slots.

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