AFTRA Members Call For Congress To Slow FCC Rewrite Of Media Ownership Rules
More than 2,100 email messages from members of the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists have been sent to U.S. Representatives and Senators calling for Congress to "stop the FCC from fast tracking the relaxation of media ownership regulations."
AFTRA members began emailing Congress last Friday after news reports indicated that Federal Communications Commission chair Kevin Martin was planning to have a FCC vote by December 18 to end the remaining media ownership regulations.
The AFTRA National Board of Directors also called on the FCC to not rush ruling on regulations for media ownership. At its meeting Saturday, the AFTRA National Board voted to "call on the commissioners of the Federal Communications Commission to abandon plans to 'fast track' media ownership regulations, to call for additional study and public comment, and to oppose any relaxation of the rules and regulations governing media ownership."
The motion by the AFTRA National Board and the email campaign by AFTRA members is part of the ongoing effort by AFTRA to support rulemaking by the FCC that does not allow further consolidation of media ownership. Over the past year, AFTRA members and staff have attended FCC public hearings across the country, provided testimony at hearings, and filed public comments with the FCC.
AFTRA members can still send messages to Congress at http://www.unionvoice.org/campaign/STOPconsolidation.
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