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Free Press: New Study: Women and People of Color Pushed Off the Radio Dial

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JUNE 4, 2007
1:33 PM

CONTACT: Free Press  
Jen Howard, (202) 265-1490, x22

 
New Study: Women and People of Color Pushed Off the Radio Dial
Study Offers First Complete Picture of Female and Minority Radio Ownership
FCC Abandons Responsibility to Foster Diversity on the Airwaves
 

WASHINGTON - JUNE 4 - Joined by Federal Communications Commissioners and national leaders, tomorrow Free Press will release Off the Dial, a landmark report exposing the devastating impact of media consolidation on radio ownership diversity.

WHAT: Release of Off the Dial: How Media Consolidation Diminishes Diversity on the Radio

WHEN: Tuesday, June 5, 11:30 a.m. ET

WHO: Gloria Steinem, founder, GreenStone Media
FCC Commissioner Michael Copps
FCC Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein
Mark Lloyd, chair of Media and Communications Task Force, Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
S. Derek Turner, research director, Free Press

*** To join the call, dial 888-792-8352 - Conference ID 8875050 or FREE PRESS***

The first comprehensive analysis of radio station ownership, Off the Dial finds that while women and people of color make up two-thirds of the population, they control just one-eighth of the country’s full-power radio stations. The study argues that pro-consolidation policies have prevented women and people of color to owning more radio stations.

"Consolidation continues to push out female and minority owners and raise insurmountable barriers that shut out prospective buyers,” said S. Derek Turner, research director of Free Press and author of the study. "Any FCC policies aimed at promoting media diversity are doomed to fail if the destructive impact of consolidation is ignored."

Off the Dial follows Out of the Picture, an analysis of broadcast television stations released last year, which found similarly low levels of female and minority ownership.

"Diversity in communications is the civil rights issue of the 21st century -- one that our nation has yet to take seriously," said Wade Henderson, executive director of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR). “Minorities and women are not just consumers -- they have the right and the obligation to be stewards in our nation’s communications. It is long past time for the FCC to act and reverse this problem."

The full study will be available tomorrow morning at http://www.freepress.net and http://www.stopbigmedia.com.

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Free Press (www.freepress.net) is a national, nonpartisan organization working to reform the media and involve the public in media policymaking. Through education, organizing and advocacy, we promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media and universal, affordable access to communications.

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