More Consolidation Complaints At FCC Open Meeting
May 1, 2007 at 5:47 AM (PT)
No surprises arose at the FCC's open meeting on ownership rules in TAMPA MONDAY night (4/30), with participants criticizing consolidation and a lack of localism. As in previous meetings, a parade of activists and local residents decried the lack of local bands on the air and problems with emergency information broadcasts, blaming corporate ownership for the state of programming.
The TAMPA TRIBUNE reports that the biggest hand, a standing ovation, went to panelist ROBERT DARDENNE, a professor at the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA-ST. PETERSBURG, for telling the assembly that result of the present FCC rules is "we are overfed ANNA NICOLE SMITH and starved for alternative perspectives on war and how can we become better citizens? We are asked not to think, but to consume."
We are asked not to think, but to consume.