Media Ownership Studies and Documents
Proposals to Reform Minority Ownership (pdf)
Read over 40 concrete proposals for the FCC from the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council and the Council for the Diversity and Competition Supports
Northwestern University Study (pdf)
The local TV news experience
on how to win viewers by focusing on engagement, July 20, 2007
Out of the Picture: Minority & Female TV Station Ownership in the
Read this report on minority ownership in the media, researched by FreePress.net.
Off the Dial: Minority & Female Radio Station Ownership in the U.S.
A report on minority ownership in the media, researched by FreePress.net.
Minority and Female Ownership in Media Enterprises (pdf)
This study examines levels of minority ownership of media companies and barriers to entry. By Arie Beresteanu and Paul B. Ellickson, Duke University
Chicago Minority Ownership Study
This study examines minority media ownership in the Chicago area, compiled by FreePress.net
Who Owns the Media Study
A FreePress.net study on who owns the media
Prometheus v. FCC (pdf)
3rd Circuit Court of Appeals Decision against the FCC rules changes in 2003
More on Media Consolidation
Public Hearing on Media Ownership
Chicago, Illinois -
Listen to an audio Webcast of the recent public hearing on media ownership from Chicago.
Watch the Press Conference Featuring Senators Dorgan and Lott on Media Ownership, Oct. 24, 2007
FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein on Media
Remarks by Commissioner Adelstein, Rainbow PUSH Coalition and Education Fund, Media & Telecommunications Symposium, October 12, 2007
Common Cause: Media Consolidation
Common Cause is a nonpartisan nonprofit advocacy organization founded in 1970 by John Gardner as a vehicle for citizens to make their voices heard in the political process and to hold their elected leaders accountable to the public interest. Common Cause's Media and Democracy Projects focuses on consolidation and net neutrality issues.
The Center for Public Integrity
The non-partisan watchdog group released a study on the workings of the FCC called "Well Connected." It documents the revolving door between FCC commission membership and industry lobbying. The study contains several items of note:
- A Travel report documenting FCC trips and expenses paid for by industry groups.
- Databases enabling you to find out who owns what media outlets in your own neighborhood.
- A survey of the media ownership in the hometowns of the five FCC commissioners.
- Documentation on how the FCC gathers and disseminates its data on media ownership.
Colombia Journalism Review: Who Owns What?
"Who Owns What?" by the Colombia Journalism Review (CJR) features a list of media conglomerates and what they own. The page also provides a selected list of articles from the CJR archive on media
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
The Federal Communication Commission is an independent government organization accountable to Congress. The FCC regulates "interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite and cable" within U.S. jurisdiction. The FCC Web site features a special section on media ownership which includes information on the Broadcast-Newspaper Cross-Ownership Rule and the Local Radio Ownership Rule in the form of announcements, press releases, and policy studies.
The Telecommunications Act of 1996
This Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Web page is devoted to the landmark Telecommunications Act of 1996, which promoted deregulation of the telecommunication industry (cable, long distance telephone service, local telephone service, and broadband) to create a competitive communications market and deliver better services and prices to consumers. The Web site features the complete text of the legislation and provides relevant FCC materials related to the implementation and guidelines of the Act.
Free Press is a national nonpartisan organization working on media policy. Free Press favors "a more competitive and public interest-oriented media system with a strong nonprofit and noncommercial sector." The Web site contains information on its net neutrality and anti-media consolidation efforts.