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Ugh. Rupert Murdoch Wants to Challenge the Media Consolidation Rule
 


23 April 2008 at 12:17:24 AM
salon

There's a REASON why most people in this country do not want ONE vendor or business or corporation or entity to own multiple media outlets in the SAME market area.

Even without Newsday, Mr. Murdoch was in the process of seeking waivers to continue to control two newspapers (The Wall Street Journal and The New York Post) and two television stations (WNYW and WWOR) in the New York area.

With those waiver requests pending at the F.C.C., the Newsday deal means that Mr. Murdoch must now apply for a waiver to own the two television stations and three newspapers in the same market.....

The Newsday deal also becomes public as Congress takes up a measure that would restore the old ownership rule, which generally restricted a company from owning both a newspaper and a television station in the same city, unless the F.C.C. granted a waiver.

On Thursday, the Senate Commerce Committee is expected to approve the bill, which is sponsored by Senator Byron L. Dorgan, Democrat of North Dakota. Industry lobbyists say that the measure has a good chance of passing the House and the Senate this year, although President Bush has threatened to veto it.

Mr. Dorgan said in an interview on Tuesday that the measure was intended to prevent the media consolidation reflected by companies like the News Corporation and its recent acquisition of The Wall Street Journal and possibly soon Newsday.

“It’s exactly the kind of consolidation I would hope the commission finds is not in the public interest because the free flow of information in this country is not accommodated by having fewer and fewer voices determine what is out there,” Mr. Dorgan said. “They try to argue that there are all these outlets — the Internet, television, radio, newspapers and so on. It may be more outlets, but it’s the same ventriloquists. You have five or six corporate interests that determine what most Americans see, hear and read.”


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