I couldn’t actually make it to the FCC public hearing yesterday that I had recommended you attend, but Andrew from the Northwest Progressive Institute did a great job live-blogging the event. Here are summaries of and links to his posts:
- Seattle Times publisher Frank Blethen (you know, the guy who wants to run the Seattle P-I out of town) “complain[ed] about consolidation and centralization of media.”
- Rep. Jay Inslee (WA-01) and then the two FCC Commissioners spoke….
- Next the FCC Commissioners listend to concerned community leaders, including KVI’s…
John Carlson, who was second to speak, mentioned Entercom's snagging of Rush Limbaugh away from KVI as an example of a big company deciding which distributors may syndicate its "talent". (He actually referred to Rush Limbaugh as talent). But oddly enough he never referred to Limbaugh, Fisher Broadcasting (owner of KVI), or Entercom by name.
- Then the FCC Commissioners listened to two minute comments by concerned citizens
- Finally, Andrew offered some closing thoughts
Thanks Andrew…you were fucking brilliant!
(I though I would say that while it was still legal.)
With two FCC commissioners in town yesterday for a public hearing, it is not surprising that KUOW 94.9 FM did a show on Media Consolidation on The Conversation. Their guest was FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein. The audio of the program is available here.
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