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6:07pm December 3, 2012

Let’s Focus on the Real Causes of Minority Exclusion from Media Ownership

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…minority communities.   Consider some recent Pulitzer Prize-winning series that have provided a voice for the voiceless.  The Philadelphia Inquirer exposed a climate of violence in inner-city schools.  The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel uncovered fraud in a child care program for low-income families.  The Las Vegas Sun revealed the high death rate among local construction workers.  By shining a light on government failure, these investigative journalists hold officials accountable to the public.  They fulfill journalism’s core purpose:  “comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable.”

We must ensure that journalism — particularly at the local level — does not continue to deteriorate.  Relaxing the cross-ownership ban would provide newspapers with immediate relief.  Cross-owned newspapers and television stations pool resources and collaborate on investigative projects.  FCC-commissioned studies have concluded that television stations that are cross-owned with newspapers provide more public affairs programs and local news than other stations.

The FCC prohibited cross-ownership in 1975 because the agency sought to increase diversity of ownership, a goal that the MMTC shares and applauds.  But in the thousands of pages of FCC-commissioned studies about media ownership, there is no evidence that retaining the absolute ban on cross-ownership would impact minority ownership of broadcast stations.  Indeed, as the operator of the nation’s only minority-owned media brokerage since 1997, the MMTC has never seen a deal fail to close because of cross-ownership.

Diversity of media ownership remains MMTC’s top priority.  The FCC recently reported that people of color own an abysmally low 5.1 percent of commercial full power television stations and 8 percent of full-power radio stations.  Those numbers are simply unacceptable.  MMTC and others have placed before the FCC dozens of proposals that would address the real causes of minority exclusion from media ownership:  weak access to capital, discrimination in advertising and employment, and inferior technical facilities.  But the Commission should not retain outdated regulations that discourage much-needed investments in local journalism.

David Honig is co-founder and president of the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council.

 
 


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