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Media Ownership Criticized At FCC Hearing

Law360 (October 4, 2006, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Concentrated media ownership was widely bashed at a series of hearings the U.S. Federal Communications Commission held on the subject, which began in Los Angeles on Tuesday.

“Without diversity in ownership and participation, our democracy is in danger,” said Congresswoman Maxine Waters, the Associated Press reported.

According to news reports, the Tribune Co.—which owns the Los Angeles Times—was a popular subject for criticism at the hearing.

Currently, media goliaths Disney, Viacom, Bertelsmann, Time Warner, General Electric and News Corp. own a total of more than 90%...
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