Local news won’t be local for much longer.
A series of moves by the Federal Communications Commission threatens to drastically impact how we conceive of “local” news in the future. The FCC recently voted to relax limits on how many television stations one company can own in a single market, and to eliminate a rule prohibiting cross-ownership of a newspaper and broadcast station in the same community. Another change ended a requirement that local TV and radio stations have actual studios in the communities they serve. These changes are likely to result in a new wave of consolidation, with large national corporations buying up local stations in communities where they have no connections.
The new FCC regime seems intent on destroying localism, the bedrock principle in American telecommunications since the Federal Radio Act of 1927. By making broadcast licensees serve their local communities, the rules forced broadcasters to assume responsibilities
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