Listeners weigh in on media consolidation

11/28/12 Seán Kinane
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Today on Last Call we heard from listeners about media consolidation.

On the WMNF drive-time news we played part of a conference call. The Federal Communications Commission plans to lift some limits on one company owning several media organizations in the same market. But a coalition of unions and civil rights leaders is urging the FCC to slow things down until it analyzes the impact of the proposed changes on women and people of color.

In the teleconference with reporters Wade Henderson, president and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights said who owns media should be a reflection of the population.

Others on the call criticizing the FCC were from groups like labor unions and civil rights organizations, including Rev. Jesse Jackson.

Craig Aaron, president and CEO of the media reform group Free Press, said media consolidation raises barriers and the FCC should promote localism, competition and diversity instead.

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