Media Concentration

CCVM Urges FCC to Add Independent Voices to TV

Rapid consolidation of network and cable television ownership in the hands of a few corporate conglomerates has significantly harmed free expression, quality, and creativity in television, CCVM told the FCC in Comments to the FCC in its landmark media ownership proceeding. While it seems counterintuitive when over a hundred channels are available in many homes,

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Compelling Evidence Documenting Harm to Freedom of Expression, Quality, Creativity in TV Submitted to FCC, says CCVM

Compelling evidence documents unacceptable harm to freedom of expression, quality, and creativity in television, the Center for Creative Voices in Media told the Federal Communications Commission today in comments filed in its biennial review of its media ownership rules. “Based on this evidence, including evidence in the FCC’s own studies — the public interest requires

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New Research Confirms Lack of Competition, Viewpoints in Television

Prepared by noted media analyst Tom Wolzien, this Sanford Bernstein research report confirms with empirical evidence that television is as concentrated as it was in the pre-cable days of three or four broadcast networks. Additional Materials Sanford Bernstein Study on Network Programming Oligopoly (1.39MB)

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Distinguished Writers, Producers, Executives Decry Network Monopolization

In letters written to Senator John McCain, Chairman of the Senate Commerce Committee, Grant Tinker, Norman Lear, Diane English, David Rintels, Larry Gelbart, Alan Burns, John Gay, and Greg Strangis — some of the most distinguished creators in the history of American television — criticize the network monopolization of primetime program production. Additional Materials Distinguished

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Barry Diller Calls Reconstituted Media Oligopoly “Dangerous”

In a no holds barred interview with Bill Moyers, Barry Diller repeated his biting criticisms of “dangerous” media consolidation he first made at the NAB convention, calling upon the FCC to postpone issuing final media ownership rules until it investigates and crafts regulations promoting more voices on television. Additional Materials Diller Speech to NAB (38.29KB)

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FCC Commissioner Adelstein Speaks on the Dangers of FCC Rule Changes

If you only have time to read one article on the dangers the relaxation or elimination of the FCC media ownership limits pose to American democracy and culture, read this speech by FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein, “Big Macs and Big Media: The Decision to Supersize.” Related Link “Big Macs and Big Media: The Decision to

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Ted Turner Op-Ed Asks, “Monopoly or Democracy?”

Media Maverick Ted Turner writes in The Washington Post that the FCC’s proposed relaxation or elimination of media ownership rules will endanger democracy. Related Link Turner Op-Ed in The Washington Post

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FCC Unleashes Weapons of Mass Media Destruction

On June 2, 2003, the FCC relaxed or eliminated important media ownership limits, promising to make our nation’s already excessively-concentrated media even more so. Major casualties are the Creative Community, diverse, creative, and independent points of view, localism, and, most importantly, the public interest and our nation’s democracy. Additional Materials CCVM Press Release on New

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CCVM Petitions FCC to Reconsider Fundamentally Flawed New Media Ownership Rules

Citing the obvious contradiction between the FCC’s admission that concentrated media ownership harms the public’s interest in viewpoint diversity and its new rules allowing even more concentrated media ownership, CCVM petitioned the Commission to reconsider those new rules. The Commission ignored compelling evidence documenting extreme concentration of ownership in television and harm to the public

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Yet Another Network Head Speaks Out Against Media Concentration

WB Television Network chairman-CEO Jamie Kellner says the new FCC media ownership rules unacceptably harm diversity of viewpoints and localism and the U.S. Senate correctly voted to stop from the rules from taking effect. “A fine line, a fine balance has to be found,” Kellner told a Gotham breakfast forum sponsored by Syracuse University’s Newhouse

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Events

Successful LA Conference Springboard for Future Action

  LA Conference clip (.wmv)   Speakers »View all conference photos Thanks to FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein, Congresswoman Diane Watson, the toppers of Common Cause, Media Access Project, the Norman Lear Center, Center for Digital Democracy, and many others, CCVM’s conference “Can Media Artists Survive Media Consolidation?”, held at the Writers Guild Theater in Los

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“What Price Media Consolidation?” — UPDATE

“What Price Media Consolidation?” a Creative Voices’ symposium at the National Alliance for Media Arts and Culture’s biennial conference, “Taking Liberties: Freedom, Creativity, and Risk in the Media Arts,” took place in Philadelphia on Wednesday, September 28, 2005. Co-sponsored by Creative Voices, the Rudman Institute for Entertainment Industry Studies and the LeBow College of Business

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Creative Voices News

Post-Election Washington Outlook

CCVM Newsletter — November 2002 Additional Materials CCVM Newsletter — November 2002 (54KB)

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Happy Tax Day – Your Government at Work!

CCVM Newsletter — April 2003 Additional Materials CCVM Newsletter — April 2003 (31.09KB)

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CCVM vs. Big Media — Dispatches from the Battlefield

CCVM Newsletter – August 2003 Additional Materials CCVM Newsletter – August 2003 (105.07KB)

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LA Conference Announcement

CCVM’s November 2003 Newsletter. Additional Materials CCVM November 2003 Newsletter (110.53KB)

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CCVM Advisor Blake Edwards to Receive Honorary Oscar

Congratulations to CCVM Advisor Blake Edwards, who will receive an honorary lifetime achievement Oscar at next February’s awards. “For more than 50 years, Edwards has had an extraordinary career writing, directing and producing mainly his own material,” said Academy prexy Frank Pierson (also a CCVM Advisor). “And that puts him in a select and very

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CCC Changes Name to Center for Creative Voices in Media

Dear Friend of CCC, As we enter the holiday season I hope this finds you well and successfully avoiding the flu. I want to alert you that as we start the new year, and coinciding with the launch of our new and improved website, CCC will change its name and focus exclusively on media issues.

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Warren Beatty Joins Board of Advisors

We’re honored that Oscar-winning writer, producer, director, and actor Warren Beatty, winner of the Academy’s 2000 Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award, has become an Advisor to the Center for Creative Voices in Media.

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CCVM Newsletter – February 2004

The latest CCVM news about our LA conference, our FCC filings and other initiatives, our new name and website, our first anniversary, and more. Click on the Related Article link below. Additional Materials CCVM Newsletter – February 2004 (125.92KB)

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Hot Off the Press!

FOR OUR GLORIOUS FULLY FORMATTED, NON PLAIN TEXT VERSION OF CCVM’S NEWSLETTER, CLICK ON THE RELATED FILE LINK BELOW CCVM L.A. Conference “Can Media Artists Survive Media Consolidation?” Great Success “The public gets the short end of the stick. They get less local content, they get less creativity, they get less quality, they get more

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CCVM’s 1st Annual Report

What a Year! Read all about it! Click on the link below. Additional Materials CCVM Annual Report (150.61KB)

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Media Censorship

CBS Abandons “The Reagans”

With its airdate less than two weeks away, CBS abruptly canceled its highly anticipated and promoted “The Reagans” miniseries after criticism from those who had never seen it, sending a chill through media artists in television. CBS first attempted to appease these critics by re-editing the mini, reportedly “with a machete,” causing respected director Robert

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Chill Media Consolidation To Fight Indecency, Not Free Expression

On the same day Clear Channel canceled the Howard Stern Show on its network, a federal judge in Denver ruled that there is sufficient evidence for an antitrust trial on charges that Clear Channel, the nation’s biggest radio broadcaster and concert promoter, kept artists off its stations unless they performed at its shows. Meanwhile, the

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Does Media Concentration Cause Indecency?

Those concerned about indecency should also be concerned about one of its root causes: media consolidation. Jim Steyer of Common Sense Media says, “If we focus on this narrow definition of indecency, nothing will be gained. We’ll have witch hunts for a few foul mouthed folks while the real culprits continue to exercise free reign

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A La Carte Cable Option Benefits Consumers and Creative Artists, Reduces Indecent Programming and Media Concentration

Providing consumers with the right to choose which cable and satellite networks they wish to subscribe to will enhance viewpoint diversity, reduce media concentration, and promote free, creative, diverse, informative, important, and entertaining television, the Center for Creative Voices in Media told the FCC and the House Subcommittee on Telecom and the Internet. “Cable and

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Gov’t Censorship of Indecency and Violence on TV

Creative artists welcome the FCC’s inquiry into the question of whether violent content on television harms children, the Center for Creative Voices in Media, The Caucus of Television Producers, Writers & Directors, and quality children’s television advocate Peggy Charren, the founder of Action for Children’s Television told the FCC in filed comments. However, we are

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Public Loses Twice: FCC Promotes Indecency, Then Censors It

Public Loses Twice: FCC Promotes Indecency, Then Censors It By Peggy Charren and Jonathan Rintels Mediachannel.org WASHINGTON, December 13, 2004 — FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell’s December 3, 2004 Op-Ed on indecency in The New York Times fails to address his own responsibility for both the escalating amount of indecent content on the public airwaves

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Saving “Saving Private Ryan”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The following is a statement from Jonathan Rintels, Executive Director of the Center for Creative Voices in Media, welcoming the FCC’s denial of indecency complaints against the Veterans Day 2004 broadcast on ABC of “Saving Private Ryan”: The Center for Creative Voices in Media welcomes the unanimous decision by the FCC to

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Increased Indecency Fines Pass House

As creative artists and members of the public, we deeply regret the passage today of the Broadcast Decency Enforcement Act of 2005 by the House of Representatives. The exponential increase in “indecency” fines for broadcasters, and the application of those fines to performers on their first offense, will turn the chill that has already descended

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Extend Broadcast Indecency Regs to Cable and Satellite? There’s a Far Better Way

Rather than agree with Sen. Ted Stevens that FCC broadcast indecency regs should extend to cable and satellite, CCVM and the Parents Television Council agreed in a CNBC debate that a far preferable solution would be to give consumers the right to pick and choose what cable channels they want, rather than eat the broadcasters’

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Organizing Opposition to National Nannies

TV Watch, a coalition of widely diverse organizations, has launched to call attention to the fact that while the vast majority of Americans are concerned about what is on TV, a majority of Americans do not favor government censoring it. Creative Voices is a member, saying ““The solution to the problem of objectionable content for

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