Some things you have to see to believe, right?
Well, take a look at the interactive graphic below by Free Press, a media watchdog group that closely monitors the Federal Communications Commission. It shows how four media conglomerates have quickly amassed news stations nationwide. It is disturbing stuff.
The FCC clearly continues to ignore its own rules on promoting competition, localism and diversity within broadcast media. The result is less independent and minority ownership, fewer perspectives on the air — and a weakened democracy.
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For a look at what’s happening on the ground, check out this Sunday guest column by San Francisco-based broadcaster Ravi Kapur.
The Seattle Times opinion page’s Tuesday editorial highlights how media consolidation is hitting close to home with the sale of KOMO 4 to Sinclair Broadcast Group and the pending sale of KING 5 to Gannett. The former deal should have been blocked; it’s not too late for the FCC to stop the latter.