Copps Blasts Dow Jones Sale To News Corp.
August 1, 2007 at 2:06 PM (PT)
As someone who constantly complains about too much consolidation, FCC Commissioner MICHAEL COPPS stayed true to form in his recent statement regarding the NEWS CORP. purchase of DOW JONES.
"It's interesting to hear the 'experts' claim the transaction faces no regulatory hurdles," he asserted in a statement printed on the FCC's home page (www.fcc.gov). "Not so fast! This deal means more media consolidation and fewer independent voices, and it specifically impacts the local market in New York City. What's good for shareholders of huge media conglomerates isn't always what's good for the public interest or our civic dialogue. We should immediately conduct a careful factual and legal analysis of the transaction to determine how it implicates specific FCC rules and our overarching statutory obligation to protect the public interest. I hope nobody views this as a slam-dunk."