FCC: We Didn't Suppress Ownership Studies
October 5, 2007 at 11:14 AM (PT)
The FCC investigates itself and finds itself clean, as the Commission's Inspector General says that the evidence at hand did not support allegations that senior managers had suppressed, or ordered destroyed, reports on ownership by the Media Bureau's economists. The investigation by Deputy Inspector General for Investigations CARLA CONOVER, which was ordered by Chairman KEVIN MARTIN at the behest of several Senators and members of Congress, found "no evidence that there had ever been a pattern or practice of suppressing research at the Commission."
The reports in question, "Do Local Owners Deliver More Localism" and "Review of the Radio Industry, 2003," were made publicly available at the Commission's website in DECEMBER, 2006 in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.