Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Another "no kidding" moment

Anyone familiar with the dominant right-wing, red meat rant dominating local radio airwaves won't be surprised by the recent freepress report, Out of the Picture: Minority & Female TV Station Ownership in the United States. Among its findings:

• Women comprise 51 percent of the entire U.S. population, but own a total of only 67
stations, or 4.97 percent of all stations.

• Minorities comprise 33 percent of the entire U.S. population, but own a total of only 44
stations, or 3.26 percent of all stations.

• Hispanics or Latinos comprise 14 percent of the entire U.S. population, but only own a total
of 15 stations, or 1.11 percent of all stations.

• Blacks or African Americans comprise 13 percent of the entire U.S. population but only
own a total of 18 stations, or 1.3 percent of all stations.

• Asians comprise 4 percent of the entire U.S. population but only own a total of 6 stations, or
0.44 percent of all stations.

• Non-Hispanic White owners controlled 1,033 stations, or 76.6 percent of the all stations.

And, the report says, the disparity will grow even larger unless something changes -- like, for instance, media ownership rules:

The FCC should seriously consider the effects on minority owners and viewers before it moves to enact policies that will lead to increased market concentration. The implications of this study
should be clear: Further industry consolidation will diminish the number of minority- and femaleowned stations. If just a handful of female and minority-owned stations were lost to consolidation, these already anemic numbers would fall precipitously.

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