<![CDATA[For Immediate Release August 6, 2014
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NHMC Urges FCC to Study Ownership Diversity and Retain Broadcast Ownership LimitsWASHINGTON – The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) today filed comments in the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Quadrennial Review of its broadcast ownership limits, urging the Commission to retain and expand media ownership rules. These rules limit the number of broadcast stations that any entity may own in a given metropolitan area, preventing further media consolidation. NHMC supports retaining and strengthening media ownership rules because the record demonstrates that media consolidation leads to less opportunities for people of color to overcome the high barriers to entry into the broadcast industry, and decreases viewpoint diversity in the media. “Media consolidation leads to a less diverse, less responsive, and less responsible media,” stated Michael Scurato, NHMC’s policy director. “In today’s media landscape, most TV news, radio programs and newspaper stories do not represent the concerns, culture, and knowledge of Latinos, other people of color and rural people.” In its comments to the FCC, NHMC highlights the deplorable state of Latino media ownership. According to recent figures, Latino broadcast ownership has remained stagnant from two years ago, and has significantly declined over the past couple of decades. In 2013, despite being 17% of the U.S. population, Latinos owned only 42 out of 1,386, or 3 percent, of full power commercial television stations, and 3.2 percent of FM radio outlets. Latinos did not fare much better in AM radio, once thought to be a key entry point for people of color, owning only 192 out of 3,737, or 5.2 percent, of AM radio stations. Broadcast ownership by women, Asian Americans, and American Indians has remained similarly stagnant over the past two years. African American ownership levels continued to decline. In addition, NHMC also urges the FCC to:
The National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is a media advocacy and civil rights organization for the advancement of Latinos, working towards a media that is fair and inclusive of Latinos, and towards universal, affordable, and open access to communications. Learn more at www.nhmc.org. Receive real-time updates on Facebook and Twitter @NHMC.]]>
National Hispanic Media Coalition (NHMC) is a woman-led 501(c)(3) non-profit civil and human rights organization that was founded to eliminate hate, discrimination, and racism toward the Latino communities.
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