Media Ownership in the FCC sights
"Even under the old rules, consolidation grows, localism suffers and diversity dwindles," said FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, a Democrat. "If we make the wrong decision, our communities will suffer and our country will suffer."Note that these concerns are very similar to the concerns/findings in the Oberholzer-Gee/Waldfogel paper I discussed in my last post.
I'm not sure where I stand; there's clearly going to be some efficiencies gained by cross-ownserhip, but at the same time, you're stiffling competition and promoting broad-ranging media conglomorates. And as Oberholzer-Gee and Waldfogel have shown, local ownership can have valuable social effects. I'm not sure how these trade off against each other, and I don't think anyone has taken a look at the whole picture and gotten precise estimates of what the actual trade-offs are.