Writers Guild-East Calls For News Changes, Fairness Doctrine
July 26, 2007 at 5:34 AM (PT)
A report from the WRITERS GUILD OF AMERICA EAST rips large media companies for "attacking" news unions and decreasing the quality of their news product, and calls for the reinstitution of the Fairness Doctrine.
"The conglomerates have slashed jobs overall, converted full-timers to part-timers, and combined jobs," concludes the union. "The result is too many conflicting demands on the few workers who are left, resulting in a lower-quality news product." The union, basing its conclusions on the responses of its members working in ABC and CBS television and radio newsrooms, says that broadcasters are airing less news overall (fewer stories, repeated more frequently) and less hard news (in favor of "infotainment" or promos for other shows or products made by the same company).
Among the union's recomendations are public hearings on localism and news quality, new union contracts with CBS and DISNEY/ABC, and the return of the Fairness Doctrine as well as a new set of news standards with violations punishable by fines.
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