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Ownership Concentration-Indecency Report


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MCGANNON CENTER RELEASES NEW STUDY EXAMINING RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN OWNERSHIP CONCENTRATION AND INDECENCY IN BROADCASTING

9.08.05. Increasing concentration of ownership in the major mass media, combined with increased occurrences of indecency violations in broadcasting have led some policymakers, policy advocates, and media critics to suggest that the two issues might be related.  The Donald McGannon Communication Research Center, in partnership with the Center for Creative Voices in Media, has just released a report that explores this possibility.  This report was released at a news conference featuring FCC Commissioner Michael Copps and representatives of the Parents Television Council. The report, titled   “Ownership Concentration and Indecency in Broadcasting: Is There a Link?” focuses on radio broadcasting from 2000 to 2003. The report presents a case study of the programming effects of a station ownership change (Clear Channel’s acquisition of WRLR in Port Charlotte, FL, followed by a descriptive analysis of radio industry ownership and indecency violation data from 2000 to 2003. The results of this analysis suggest that large station ownership groups account for a disproportionate amount of the indecency fines handed down by the FCC, even when accounting for these ownership groups' share of the total number of U.S. radio stations and their share of the total radio audience.

These results, while not providing conclusive evidence of a causal relationship, suggest that the connection between indecency and media consolidation should receive greater attention and urgency from researchers and policymakers alike.

Coverage of the wwnership concentration-indecency report has appeared in the following publications:

Broadcasting and Cable
Los Angeles Times
National Journal
TV Week
Billboard
MediaWeek
Washington Times

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