Activist Bob Law Leads Public Hearings On Diversity In New York City
August 10, 2012 at 11:51 AM (PT)
Veteran broadcaster and national community activist BOB LAW will bring together elected officials from each branch of NEW YORK state government in a public hearing to discuss the consequences stemming from the loss of Black radio stations and its affect on NEW YORK CITY’s African-American community. Those officials include NEW YORK State Senator BILL PERKINS, Council member CHARLES BARRON and NEW YORK Assembly member INEZ BARRON, along with other members of the NEW YORK congressional delegation.
“The FCC needs to hear from African-Americans in particular, and all Americans in general who are committed to the first amendment rights of free speech,” said LAW. “The concentration of media ownership into the hands of a small group of mega corporations has already resulted in a serious loss in the diversity of news, ideas and information important to Black people.”
This hearing is the first of its kind, and will seek to examine the impact of the 1996 Telecommunications Act, and what the subsequent surge of media owner concentration has had on the competitive ability of Black station owners. The hearing will take place at the HARLEM NEW YORK STATE Office Building MONDAY, AUGUST 13th from 6-9p.