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The FCC's New Rules for Media Ownership
Last Featured: 1/21/2008

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In mid-December, the Federal Communications Commission approved new rules that affect ownership of the nation's media companies. One rule change gave newspaper owners more leeway to buy radio and television stations in their markets. On this edition of Justice Talking, we'll explore the effect of this new rule and ask whom it will benefit, if it's fair and if it will survive a challenge in the courts. We'll also look at other ways in which FCC rules affect everything from what we see and hear to local programming and the regulation of indecency. The public airwaves, this week on Justice Talking.

In the Public's Best Interest?
Host Margot Adler speaks with FCC commissioner Michael Copps about media consolidation and what he fears it may mean for the public.

Michael Copps has been a commissioner of the Federal Communications Commission since 2001.

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Perspective from the Trenches
Host Margot Adler asks media analyst John Eggerton to break down the more subtle parts of the FCC's new consolidation rules.

John Eggerton is the Washington Bureau Chief for the magazine Broadcasting & Cable, where he has been an editor and reporter for over 25 years.

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Debate: Can FCC Regulation Save Newspapers?
Host Margot Adler speaks with media experts John Sturm and Josh Silver on what the cross-media ownership ruling means for newspapers, broadcasters and the public.

John Sturm is the president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America, the newspaper industry’s largest trade organization. Previously, he worked for CBS Inc.

Josh Silver is the co-founder and executive director of the Free Press, and publishes frequently on media, campaign finance and other public policy issues.

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The Fate of Low Power FM Radio
Host Margot Adler speaks with radio activist Pete Tridish about the role of low power FM.

Pete Tridish is one of the founders of the Prometheus Radio Project in Philadelphia, a non-profit organization that promotes grassroots broadcasting.

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One Small Station's Impact
Reporter Karen Henderson profiles KOCZ-FM, a small low power station in Opelousas, Louisiana.

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Indecency on the Air, Post-Janet Jackson
Host Margot Adler speaks with reporter William Triplett on the FCC and indecency regulations.

William Triplett is a reporter for Variety, where he frequently covers federal policy and legislation affecting the entertainment industry.

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