Media Consolidation Looming

Judging from Bill Moyers' interview with FCC commissioner Michael Copps, the June 2, 2003 deadline for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) judgment on potential revision of media ownership limits does not look promising.

Like most government commissions, the FCC is led by the party in control of the White House, which holds a 3-2 commissioner majority and the Chairman's position. Michael Powell, son of Secretary of State Colin Powell, is the FCC Chairman, and has made his feelings on further media consolidation quite clear. Could this mean that Clear Channel will eventually own every radio station in the country, and the nightly news will be dominated by Fox News wannabes?