why media consolidation is NOT a good thing
Thu Apr 29 16:57:45 EDT 2004
>Years ago, parochial small-time operators (under the old rules
>of ``eight of a kind'') pre-empted more programming, more regularly,
>than any of the big groups do today.
Yes, but thanks to consolidation, there are fewer choices. Joe or Jane
local owner may have banned something, but you could always find it
elsewhere. These days, with station owners controlling entire markets, it
is hard to get to see a controversial show. And why should reading the
names of those who died in Iraq be worthy of a ban anyway?
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