The FCC and Deregulation of Ownership Caps

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On June 2, the Federal Communications Commission is expected to pass new rules which will effectively deregulate the communications industry. The changes would allow greater concentration of ownership of television stations and relax restrictions on owning a newspaper and TV station in the same city. While New York Times' columnist William Safire calls it -the great media gulp,- proponents of the changes say they-ve taken into account new technologies, fragmentation of the audience and greater competition which threaten the broadcast networks economic survival. Is bigger better, or is the FCC ignoring its duty to protect the public interest? Guest host Jim Moret weighs the impact of the new regulations with the CEO of a public interest law firm, a broadcast research analyst, the associate director of the Project for Excellence in Journalism and a former FCC commissioner.
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Jim Moret has had an extensive career in both local and national television news reporting over the past 20 years, including nearly a decade at CNN. Recently, Moret hosted a number of specials on ABC and co-hosted its Academy Awards pre-show and appeared in the feature A Mighty Wind and the television dramas The Practice and The West Wing.

Road Map to Peace

Secretary of State Powell-s statement on the road map

Federal Communications Commission (FCC)

FCC-s Media Ownership Policy Reexamination

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Sinclair Broadcasting Group

Telecommunications Act of 1996

Cannes Film Festival

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