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A Closer Look (Owning the Airwaves) #728461

ABC Evening News for Thursday, May 15, 2003
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(Studio: Peter Jennings) The arguments for & against FCC regulations allowing the largest media institutions to buy more television stations introduced.

(Washington: Lisa Stark) The case for allowing giant networks to own more TV stations outlined. [FCC chairman Michael POWELL†- says the rules have to reflect changes in media.] [Tribune Co. vice president Shaun SHEEHAN†, News Corp. chairman & CEO Rupert MURDOCH†- comment on the ownership issue.]

(Washington: Lisa Stark) The case against changing the rules examined by looking at Minot, North Dakota, where six of seven radio stations are all owned by one company, Clear Channel. [FCC commissioner Michael COPPS†- says Clear Channelization of the media is not a boon.] [Minot resident Jennifer JOHNSON†- complains about not knowing information about a local train wreck.] [Minot police Lt. Fred DEBOWEY†- says we tell people to turn on their radio in an emergency.] Policy statemnt from the head of Clear Channel quoted. Note: local weather bulletin on screen until 5:51:20.

Jennings, Peter;
Stark, Lisa

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