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Tuesday, May 20, 2003
The birth of global is the death of local. From a long piece called "World of media shrinks as it widens: In vote next month, FCC is expected to loosen restraints on corporations" in the
Baltimore Sun:
"The days of the locally developed TV show, the locally developed TV talk show or children's shows don't exist anymore. It's not right or wrong. It's simply the time we live in," [Mark] Hyman [vice president of corporate communications and government relations for Maryland's Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc.] said.
Actually, the death of local programming is wrong. The airwaves are a public resource and we have a right to see to it how they are used — as well as who gets to use them. If large corporations don't want to invest in local production infrastructure, THEY SHOULD STAY OUT OF OUR MARKETS. And we should enforce that concept by limiting the amount of ownership across markets and across media.

We have a duty to see to it, through the FCC, that what remains of mass media does not dissolve inevitably into a soup of corporate sludge.

Make your voice heard: Stop the FCC from giving more opportunity to fewer corporations.

Link via Convergence Chaser, May 20, 2003.

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