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Response to Left Coast2020 (Reply #97)

Sun Mar 11, 2012, 06:10 PM

124. What needs to be done is far beyond undoing the Communications Act of 96

There needs also to be a limit on the total number of stations one company can own.

Easiest case: Clear Channel. They own (I looked this up) 850 radio stations. In Spokane, which is the closest Clear Channel city to me, they have six. (Since one broadcaster can own no more than a third of the stations in a market, six stations is probably an average Clear Channel footprint in any area.) If you told Clear Channel they could only own one station in Spokane, they could, and probably would, create five companies that work together in ways that won't raise the FCC's hackles, put each company in charge of one station per market, and still have one hell of a thing going.

I would say, no more than one each AM radio station, FM radio station, television station and newspaper in any one market and no more than 12 total "media outlets" per company.

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