Public Forum on Media Ownership

Posted on May 2, 2003

A Public Forum on Media Ownership
with Federal Communications Commissioner Michael J. Copps
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WEDNESDAY, MAY 7, 2003
Annenberg School for Communication
University of Pennsylvania
3620 Walnut Street
Doors open at 6:30 PM, event begins promptly at 7:00 PM
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THE FEDERAL COMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION is close to completing the most significant review of media ownership rules in the agency’s history. These long-standing rules were initially adopted to ensure media diversity, localism and competition. Proposed changes to these rules would make it possible for large media corporations to further consolidate.

JOIN FCC COMMISSIONER MICHAEL COPPS to learn about the sweeping changes to media ownership rules now pending before the FCC. Local media and civic representatives will discuss media consolidation, the benefits and trade-offs to consumers and citizens, and its affect on the local community in Philadelphia. Time allowed for public testimony.

LOCAL SPEAKERS:
* Loraine Ballard Morrill, News & Public Affairs Director, Clear Channel Philadelphia
* Jeff Gelles, Consumer Writer, Philadelphia Inquirer
* Heidi Gold, President, League of Women Voters Philadelphia
* Vince Maisano, International Vice President, Communication Workers of America
* Irv Randolph, Managing Editor, Philadelphia Tribune
* Ed Schwartz, President, Institute for the Study of Civic Values
* Joel Waldfogel, Wharton School of Business, author of FCC study
* Other speakers to be confirmed

SPONSORED BY Media Tank, Temple University Dept. of Journalism, Institute for the Study of Civic Values, Philadelphia Independent Film and Video Association, Drexel University Television, Citizens for Consumer Justice, and WYBE-TV 35.
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For more information on the issues:
http://www.mediatank.org/ownership.html
http://www.fcc.gov/ownership
http://www.democraticmedia.org

MEDIA TANK is a Philadelphia-based nonprofit for media education working to involve communities in media literacy and media policy education.


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