The FCC proposal remains officially secret to avoid public comment but was forced into the open by the two commission Democrats. It would end the ban in most cities of cross-ownership of television stations and newspapers, allowing such companies as The New York Times, The Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune to gobble up ever more electronic outlets. It would permit Viacom, Disney and AOL Time Warner to control TV stations with nearly half the national audience. In the largest cities, it would allow owners of “only” two TV stations to buy a third.
The other day Dave Winer noted that stories about media sometimes don’t appear in the U.S. press – thanks to the two Democrats for lifting the lid, albeit only slightly.