Witness statement delivered by FMC Executive Director Jenny Toomey during a January 2003 Senate Commerce Committee hearing on media ownership and radio. Jenny referenced the findings of FMC’s recently-released report, “Radio Deregulation: Has It Served Musicians and Citizens?”
[cue jingle bells] “It’s the most wonderful time of
It most certainly is! Though we FMC board members have a holiday season
filled more with emails, details and name badge-alphabetizing parties
than holiday carols and eggnog, it’s definitely worth it when you look
at the impressive cast of panelists, speakers and musicians who will be
convening in DC in less than two weeks at our Policy Summit. This month’s
email focuses on the last round of details for our annual event, as well
as a bit of news about our radio study that we released in mid-November.
So read on!
The unprecedented consolidation of the commercial radio industry that followed the Telecommunications Act of 1996 has led to a loss of localism, less competition, fewer viewpoints and less diversity in radio programming in media markets across the country, according to Radio Deregulation: Has It Served Citizens and Musicians?
a study released today by the Future of Music Coalition (FMC). read more
Statement made by FMC Executive Director Jenny Toomey at the unveiling of FMC’s groundbreaking report, Radio Deregulation: Has it served Musicians and Citizens? during press conference at the Willard Hotel in Washington, DC, November 2002. read more
Statements submitted by a broad and diverse
range of individuals and organizations articulating the negative effects
of radio deregulation on their memberships and their support for the FMC
radio study, Radio Deregulation: Has It Served Citizens and Musicians? read more
On November 18, 2002 the FMC publicly released its report documenting the effects of radio station ownership consolidation on musicians and the public. This comprehensive analysis was conducted in partnership with Media Access Project and funded by a grant from the Rockefeller Foundation.
On Friday, November 15, 2002, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) released a response to our study, which had not yet been released. The NAB’s so-called fact sheet contains a skewed version of the state of the radio industry. Here we present our rebuttal to the NAB’s claims. read more
A copy of a “fact sheet” that the National Association of Broadcasters issued on Friday, November 15, 2002 as a premature response to the release of FMC’s research report Radio Deregulation: Has It Served Citizens and Musicians?
WASHINGTON, DC - The press embargo of our study of radio consolidation was broken today by two newspapers. In response to those news stories the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has already released a negative assessment of our report. read more
We have two big announcements to share with our supporters. First, our
Policy Summit is shaping up very quickly and we want to give our supporters
one last chance to register at a special low price. We’ve added a lot
of exciting new participants in the past two weeks and firmed up the panel
agenda, so read on!
Second, we’re just days away from the release of a research report that
we’ve been working on for the past nine months called "Radio Deregulation:
Has it Served Citizens and Musicians?" We will be releasing this
report on Monday, and we invite you to the event or to visit our website
to download a copy for yourself. More details below.