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The FCC, Media Ownership and the Tar Heel State

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Wednesday, February 20, 2013

5:30 PM

7:00 PM

Pleasants Family Room, Wilson Library

The UNC Center for Media Law and Policy and Common Cause will host a public discussion of the Federal Communication Commission’s media ownership rules and their impact on the media’s ability to meet the information needs of North Carolina communities. Former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps will introduce the topic, and a panel of media and academic experts will discuss how the current FCC rules and proposed rule changes affect local accountability journalism.

The FCC currently is reviewing its ownership rules and is considering scrapping the radio/TV cross-ownership rules, loosening the newspaper/TV cross-ownership rules, and leaving in place the radio and TV local market ownership caps. The event will continue a discussion begun a year ago when the Center convened 50 media scholars, professionals, attorneys, and community leaders to discuss how Internet, cable television, satellite television, and mobile broadband service providers could help promote local accountability journalism in North Carolina and the nation. Whether changes in the FCC ownership rules could help promote local accountability journalism was an issue raised at that meeting. Read a report on that first meeting.

For more information, please visit the Center for Media Law and Policy's website.

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