In May 2003, FMC conducted an analysis of the public comments filed at the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Docket 02-277 — the Broadcast Ownership proceeding. Over a two week period, two dozen volunteers collaborated with the FMC to analyze approximately 9,360 comments viewable on the FCC website, coding each comment as “opposing changes”, “unknown/neutral” or “supporting changes”.
In May 2003, FMC released the results of a content analysis of nearly 10,000 comments available for public review in the Federal Communications Commission Broadcast Ownership rulemaking (Docket 02-277). Citizen response to these proposed rule changes was overwhelmingly negative. As of May 8, 2003, 96.8 percent of citizens filing comments opposed changing existing media ownership rules that would pave the way for further consolidation. read more
Jennifer Toomey, Executive Director of the Future of Music Coalition (FMC), has been invited to testify at the FCCs public hearing on Broadcast Ownership Rules, to be held on Thursday, February 27,2003 at the Greater Richmond Convention Center. The rules, which are reviewed every two years by order of Congress, play a large part in determining the diversity and localization of entertainment, news, and advertising content over public airwaves and media outlets. 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.
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 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
On Monday, November 18, 2002 at 11:00 AM at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel, the Future of Music Coalition (FMC) will release “Radio Deregulation: Has It Served Citizens and Musicians?”, a new report that examines how radical consolidation of radio station ownership has damaged the public’s radio airwaves and stifled localism, competition, innovation and diversity across the country. This comprehensive analysis is critically important and timely considering the FCC’s third biennial review of broadcast ownership rules currently underway. read more