Congressman Cohen urges FCC against repealing media ownership rules

October 25, 2007
Press Release

In the letter, Cohen wrote: “Such changes would have the effect of reducing meaningful competition among media outlets, decreasing coverage of local issues, offering fewer editorial perspectives, providing fewer and less diverse options for creative talent, homogenizing and eliminating radio formats, and eliminating airplay opportunities for recording artists.”

Congressman Cohen said later, “Memphis has a long, proud tradition of independent media outlets like WDIA, the first radio station in the United States programmed by African-Americans, which offer unique perspectives.” “The FCC’s proposed rule will continue to squeeze out the little guys in media in favor of the huge conglomerates like Clear Channel and Rupert Murdoch’s NewsCorp.  They don’t need any extra breaks.”  

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