Here's a big shocker: The FCC wants to loosen rules on media ownership, and allow corporations to own even more media in one town than they already do. The good thing is they have to hold public hearings across the country before they change things up, and Nashville is the second stop on the 6-stop FCC tour. (L.A. was first, and 1000 people turned up to protest the current proposal).
Here's what they're trying to change, from Stop Big Media's site:
• The rule on "newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership," which prevents companies from owning a television or radio station and the major daily newspaper in the same area.
• The local ownership caps that limit a company from owning more than one television station in most markets. (They can own two in larger markets as long as there are at least eight other competitors.)
The public hearing where anyone can testify in Nashville is—
Date: Monday, Dec. 11, 2006
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Belmont University
Massey Performing Arts Center
Massey Concert Hall
1900 Belmont Blvd
And there's also going to be workshops this week, in case you want to testify but don't know exactly how to put it to the man. I don't have full details yet for the one at the Belcourt but here's what I do know:
Wednesday, Dec. 6 - Belcourt
Thursday, Dec. 7 - 7:30 - Nashville Peace & Justice Center
Saturday, Dec 9 - 2pm - Nashville Peace & Justice Center
Get your learn on at the Stop Big Media site.
Personally, I'm going to take a few minutes and go down there on the 11th and give one to the man. Who's with me?