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Below is the information about the forum posted on the Emerson College website. I hope the forum will get good attendance and bring this important issue to the forefront as it has a direct impact ON EVERY OTHER PROGRESSIVE ISSUE!
Oct. 23rd forum will examine impact of media ownership concentration
Two of the five members of the Federal Communications Commission, an Emmy Award-winning television producer and a former television network executive will discuss the impact of federal rules governing the concentration of ownership of television broadcast outlets and content at a public forum hosted by Emerson College on Tuesday, October 23, from 2-4 p.m., in the Bill Bordy Auditorium, 216 Tremont St. on the Emerson campus.
Commissioner Michael J. Copps and Jonathan S. Adelstein will be joined by America’s Funniest Home Videos Executive Producer Vin Di Bona (above), and veteran network executive Lucille Salhany. The dean of Emerson’s School of Communication, Janis Andersen, will moderate the discussion.
The FCC has nearly completed its quadrennial review of media ownership rules. These rules determine the reach any one media company can have, the level and enforcement of public interest obligations, radio and television licenses, how communities are both seen and see themselves on television and radio and, ultimately, who owns the mass media.
The ownership rules also have profound implications for those in the media industry itself, including small and local owners and entrepreneurs who produce programming. Critics of concentration argue that it adversely affects the diversity of programming offered by major media outlets.
Di Bona, an Emerson alumnus, is chairman of the Caucus for Television Producers, Writers & Directors and a recent recipient of a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His credits include several critically acclaimed films and numerous reality-based television programs as well as America’s Funniest Home Videos. Salhany is the former chief executive officer and president of UPN, former chairman of Fox Broadcasting and former chairman of Twentieth Television, and the first woman to head a television network. Di Bona and Salhany serve on the Emerson Board of Trustees.
The forum is free and open to the public.