GAO Asked To Look At Consolidation Impact
May 22, 2008 at 5:30 AM (PT)
Sens. BYRON DORGAN (D-ND), PATRICK LEAHY (D-VT), and HERB KOHL (D-WI) are asking the GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE to investigate how consolidation of media ownership has affected independent programmers.
The letter focuses on television and asks the GAO to look into where TV gets its programming and how that came about, how consolidation has impacted independent programming and diversity, how the Internet has impacted indie programming and whether the large media operators "dominate" those sites, and possible rule changes.