Coalition Calls For Radio Industry Changes
A Seattle-based coalition is calling for a host of changes to our nation's commercial and public radio landscape, including support for ownership limits, artists' rights, community media access, content diversity and local accountability.
Giving shape to widespread concerns about negative trends affecting the radio industry in recent decades, a coalition of music industry professionals, radio broadcasters and consumer advocates is releasing this week the Seattle Statement on Radio: a wide-ranging list of policy recommendations aimed at improving what the statement calls "the most local and ephemeral of our media, with a special ability to engage both our imagination and our sense of community."
The statement, on the web at www.reclaimthemedia.org/seattlestatement, will be presented to the Federal Communication Commission in Portland on June 24, when Commissioners Michael Copps and Jonathan Adelstein are convening a public town meeting to solicit testimony on issues related to media ownership consolidation and local accountability.
The Seattle Statement's numerous recommendations bring together for the first time the concerns of distinct constituencies involved with radio. Industry employees, musicians, community media makers and democratic communications advocates took part in a two-day "Fixing Radio" forum in Seattle earlier this year, developing critiques of contemporary radio into concrete ideas for improvement. The statement released this week is the fruit of that effort.
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