NY Meeting Calls For Diversity In Media
October 23, 2006 at 6:04 AM (PT)
THE NY DAILY NEWS reports the two Democrats on the FCC called for more minority voices in the media during a public hearing at NEW YORK's HUNTER COLLEGE, and both warned that further expansion for media giants is not the way to get there.
JONATHAN ADELSTEIN and MICHAEL COPPS both cited statistics showing blacks, Latinos and Asians own only a tiny percentage of radio and television stations and newspapers.
"We have an unforgivable lack of women and minority ownership and perspectives," said ADELSTEIN. "As fewer media companies gain more control," they reflect less of the national experience.
"Diversity is America's strength," said COPPS. "It's what gives us an edge in the 21st century. It's worth fighting for."