Friday, September 22, 2006
"Another FCC study on the negative impacts of media consolidation came to light Monday after being buried at the agency for at least two years -- the second suppressed FCC ownership study to surface in as many weeks. It's clear that FCC's top brass are willing to deep-six any research that contradicts the media industry's pro-consolidation claims. A copy of the study is available at http://www.stopbigmedia.com/files/radio_ownership.pdf. Although the study would have been the fifth of its kind since the 1996 Act -- which lifted national radio ownership caps -- it was never released, and no subsequent studies on the topic have been conducted. It only became public after a copy was leaked to the office of Sen. Barbara Boxer."