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CONTACT: Amy Smorodin
April 24, 2008
(202) 289-8928
Ferree: Senate Committee Wrong on Media Ownership

WASHINGTON D.C. - Ken Ferree, President of The Progress & Freedom Foundation, had the following comments regarding the Senate Commerce Committee approval of S. J. Res. 28: A joint resolution disapproving the rule submitted by the Federal Communications Commission with respect to broadcast media ownership:

"I continue to wonder what year those who are opposed to media liberalization think it is. The Senate Commerce Committee resolution rejecting the FCC's attempt to throw a life-line to struggling traditional broadcast and newspaper media outlets can only be motivated by willful ignorance of the fierce competition that now exists in the media space. Do they think this still is 1970 and that the media landscape in local markets is dominated by a couple of newspapers and a handful of broadcast stations? Are members of the Committee unaware of the almost daily reports of newspaper companies reporting negative growth? Do they not understand that broadcast advertising revenues rapidly are migrating to new media platforms -- along with audiences? Sadly, the apparent intentional refusal to acknowledge the obvious will only hasten the demise of our most venerable forms of mass communication."

Ferree is available for comment. Please contact Amy Smorodin at or 202-289-8928.

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