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(Radio Ink)   FCC on Friday approved 100 percent foreign ownership of U.S. broadcast properties. Opening up China, Russia, or another foreign entity to buy U.S. stations   (radioink.com) divider line
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2020-06-02 9:26:07 AM  
Who owns fox again?
 
2020-06-02 9:27:23 AM  

arrogantbastich: Who owns fox again?


Wall Street.
 
2020-06-02 9:31:33 AM  
It's only fair since we have 100 percent foreign ownership of a President.
 
2020-06-02 9:36:00 AM  
How is this allowed?
 
2020-06-02 9:43:19 AM  
Ajit Pai farks I've America.  Again.
 
2020-06-02 10:21:19 AM  

raerae1980: How is this allowed?


"Everything is allowed that I want allowed. Who's gonna stop me?"
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^sad but true
 
2020-06-02 10:21:23 AM  
It will be fascinating to read historian's accounts of how these last few years of the fallen American Empire played out.  I just hope there's a universal translator so I can read it, since it'll be in either Chinese, Russian, or both.

/there, that's my grim post of the day regarding the utter shiat-show Trump and his cronies have actively created
 
2020-06-02 11:05:07 AM  
The FCC started to lose all credibility when they loosened ownership rules in each market.
It used to be where 1 company could only own a certain percentage of broadcast and print in each market.
They made it so 1 company could own 100% of the media in a market.

Less voices heard that way
 
2020-06-02 11:26:32 AM  
The Selling of the United States.
Motherfu....
 
2020-06-02 11:26:57 AM  
Item #6,544 for the Biden administration to repair.
 
2020-06-02 11:27:01 AM  
Looking forward to Chinese owned local media in to one massive conglomerate brokered in to several shell companies that churns out Chinese propaganda to your local mom and pop tv stations.

Sleep tight. You had your chance. Time to burn it all down.
 
2020-06-02 11:27:05 AM  
Given foreign influence in social media, and the tight feedback between social and traditional media, I don't see this as much more damaging  The foreign influence ship has sailed.
 
2020-06-02 11:27:14 AM  
China is good! China is best! Love China! Obey China!

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And now for Sports with Bruce Hanson...........
 
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2020-06-02 11:27:22 AM  
It's like being supersonic on the Concorde and it's flying toward a 5 mile high brick wall and political appointees are saying "how can we make this sonabitach go faster?"
 
2020-06-02 11:28:00 AM  

clkeagle: Item #6,544 for the Biden administration to repair.


Nothing will change because profit margins are too great.
 
2020-06-02 11:30:46 AM  
On the one hand, this is appalling. On the other hand, it's broadcast media. It's sort of like worrying about foreign influence on the town crier.
 
2020-06-02 11:31:43 AM  
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2020-06-02 11:31:53 AM  

d23: It's like being supersonic on the Concorde and it's flying toward a 5 mile high brick wall and political appointees are saying "how can we make this sonabitach go faster?"



The problem with aiming for number increases over any other considerations.

"If we aim straight down, we can get another 9.8 m/s2 of acceleration."
 
MFK
2020-06-02 11:31:57 AM  

clkeagle: Item #6,544 for the Biden administration to repair.


if we're lucky.

Trump is going to cheat like hell, use every resource the US Government that he can exploit, invite foreign interference, Republican states will do unparalleled voter suppression, the FEC is toothless because Trump has refused to appoint anyone so there will be no referee this time around.  Meanwhile Biden is enduring a non-stop onslaught of attacks from not only the Republicans but also the far left who, for *some* reason, won't stop doing everything the can to cripple him.

The ONLY way we are going to get a Biden administration is if we swamp the polls with bodies and we are in the middle of a pandemic.

So yeah, I wouldn't start counting those chickens until after we've voted.
 
2020-06-02 11:33:04 AM  
This goes against everything I was taught in media law in the 80's
 
2020-06-02 11:33:58 AM  

solokumba: This goes against everything I was taught in media law in the 80's


That's why they're changing the law.
 
2020-06-02 11:35:19 AM  
The Republicans are absolutely sure that, once they lose their majorities, they're not going to have them back for a long time, so they continue to F America over in every non-elected way possible. See also: the judiciary.
 
2020-06-02 11:35:23 AM  
FTFA:  "enable Cumulus to be in a stronger financial condition post-bankruptcy and provide the company greater flexibility to access foreign investment capital, thereby allowing Cumulus to better compete with other media companies, enhance its programming, and better serve the public interest, facilitate foreign investment in the U.S. broadcast radio market and potentially encourage reciprocal investment opportunities for U.S. companies in foreign markets"

There you have it. It's all about the money. Or more accurately, all about the US companies that might make in the future.
 
2020-06-02 11:35:39 AM  

Night Train to Wakanda: solokumba: This goes against everything I was taught in media law in the 80's

That's why they're changing the law.


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2020-06-02 11:36:30 AM  
Capitalism: "Mmmm Capitalism good, nom nom nom nom"
 
2020-06-02 11:38:04 AM  

solokumba: This goes against everything I was taught in media law in the 80's


FTFA "The petition to the FCC was unopposed."
 
2020-06-02 11:38:33 AM  
I imagine it'll be like the local TV that was bought out by Sinclair. All the same faces doing the same jobs but occasionally someone will stiffly read a piece about how Trump is the second coming of God and they're thankful to live in such blessed times

Except with Chinese ownership it'll be a stiffly read piece at gunpoint about how glorious Chinese troops occupying Hawaii are so very helpful and kind
 
2020-06-02 11:39:18 AM  

The Lone Gunman: The Republicans are absolutely sure that, once they lose their majorities, they're not going to have them back for a long time, so they continue to F America over in every non-elected way possible. See also: the judiciary.


Until the next election, when their big-money donors hijack a movement and rebrand the party as the next iteration of right-wing populism
 
2020-06-02 11:39:46 AM  

Night Train to Wakanda: Looking forward to Chinese owned local media in to one massive conglomerate brokered in to several shell companies that churns out Chinese propaganda to your local mom and pop tv stations.

Sleep tight. You had your chance. Time to burn it all down.


A radio station just outside of KC signed a 3 year deal to air Radio Sputnik.
They have already been broadcasting in DC for a couple years.

https://www.kcur.org/news/2020-01-25/​r​ussian-propaganda-machine-selects-kans​as-city-as-its-second-radio-broadcast-​site

The Russians beat the Chinese to it.
 
2020-06-02 11:41:16 AM  

raerae1980: How is this allowed?


Because the governing body decided to allow it. Shiat has been going downhill since Clinton was in office. His FCC opened up ownership to allow a single company to flood a market, which gave birth to the lovely entity known as Clear Channel (Since rebranded to IHeartRadio, and expanded to IHeartMedia), and it's just getting worse. The FCC stopped acting in the American public's best interests about 27 years ago.

In other words, we're farked, and soon all restaurants will be Taco Bell.
 
2020-06-02 11:43:23 AM  
International kleptocracy is supreme.
Evil no longer needs an axis.
 
2020-06-02 11:44:43 AM  

raerae1980: How is this allowed?


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2020-06-02 11:45:10 AM  
That phone call between Trump and Putin just keep crapping out more nightmares!
 
2020-06-02 11:45:21 AM  

freddyV: The FCC started to lose all credibility when they loosened ownership rules in each market.
It used to be where 1 company could only own a certain percentage of broadcast and print in each market.
They made it so 1 company could own 100% of the media in a market.

Less voices heard that way


It's not just less voices heard vocally, it affects your ability to make your voice heard by switching the channel. I hate Disney as a company, but can no longer speak out by not watching their movies or TV shows because I can't even keep track of the shiat they control anymore.

And yeah, people seem to think that this is new. The FCC abandoned us back in the Clinton days, and has been going in dry ever since. This shouldn't really be a surprise to anyone.
 
2020-06-02 11:45:48 AM  
Very Trumpian
 
2020-06-02 11:45:49 AM  
I demand to know how Joe Biden is going to fix this very serious problem!
 
2020-06-02 11:46:38 AM  

freddyV: Night Train to Wakanda: Looking forward to Chinese owned local media in to one massive conglomerate brokered in to several shell companies that churns out Chinese propaganda to your local mom and pop tv stations.

Sleep tight. You had your chance. Time to burn it all down.

A radio station just outside of KC signed a 3 year deal to air Radio Sputnik.
They have already been broadcasting in DC for a couple years.

https://www.kcur.org/news/2020-01-25/r​ussian-propaganda-machine-selects-kans​as-city-as-its-second-radio-broadcast-​site

The Russians beat the Chinese to it.


That's a crappy little AM station.

Now imagine your local nightly news report talking about how great Xi Jin Pingsvresponse to the Uyghur problem is.
 
2020-06-02 11:47:20 AM  

BMulligan: On the one hand, this is appalling. On the other hand, it's broadcast media. It's sort of like worrying about foreign influence on the town crier.


It's actually much more relevant today than it was a 10-30 years ago. With people cancelling traditional cable and satellite service, the actual consumption of real broadcast television (i.e. ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox, and PBS) over the air has skyrocketed. You could make an argument that they exist alongside streaming services, which is true, but they've also existed alongside cable channels as well- the point is their actual viewership (real eyeballs, not necessarily paying via streaming or cable/satellite eyeballs) far outweigh the others combined (and actually always have, but to a lesser extent).
 
2020-06-02 11:47:24 AM  

Purple_Urkle: I demand to know how Joe Biden is going to fix this very serious problem!


Ask him
 
2020-06-02 11:47:56 AM  
You know, China didn't "take" away our jobs or businesses or power, we gave it all away. Just add this to the list.
 
2020-06-02 11:48:11 AM  

Mikey1969: freddyV: The FCC started to lose all credibility when they loosened ownership rules in each market.
It used to be where 1 company could only own a certain percentage of broadcast and print in each market.
They made it so 1 company could own 100% of the media in a market.

Less voices heard that way

It's not just less voices heard vocally, it affects your ability to make your voice heard by switching the channel. I hate Disney as a company, but can no longer speak out by not watching their movies or TV shows because I can't even keep track of the shiat they control anymore.

And yeah, people seem to think that this is new. The FCC abandoned us back in the Clinton days, and has been going in dry ever since. This shouldn't really be a surprise to anyone.


95% media outlets 6 multinational conglomerates

We librarians tried to stop this long ago along with the selling of personal data but no one cared
 
2020-06-02 11:48:15 AM  
On one hand, this has been getting worse and worse in the last two decades as fewer entities owned TV/Radio and news papers and whole segments of the country suddenly came under the umbrella of Clear-channel/Sinclair type conglomerates.

On the other hand, I cancelled cable in 2012. Since cellular data phones have been a thing, in the I've been using the same (formerly shoutcast) internet radio station I've listened to since the glory days of internet radio in the late 90's early 2000's, as far back as when I was putting a cassette tape adapter to transmit audio to my car stereo.

Other than occasionally tuning in to Depressing Delilah to get a 5-minute evening chuckle in, I rarely listen to anything but SOMAfm internet radio or the 20 year old MP3 collection I started listening to on my old Palm IIIe.

I haven't been in a mass media demographic at all for at least 8 years, and even before turning off cable we actually watched TV only during major events like Sept 11.

NPR used to get my attention 1 hour a night when I put my daughter to bed to All-Night-Jazz, but since they switched to All Things Considered until at least 10pm, the jazz show is on after her bed time. Now we stream that on the iPad too, she found a channel she likes called Vinyl Jazz, sadly it's a I❤Radio stream, but it's free of DJ's or commercials.
 
2020-06-02 11:48:41 AM  
We've been heading this direction since 1996.
 
2020-06-02 11:49:00 AM  

Mikey1969: freddyV: The FCC started to lose all credibility when they loosened ownership rules in each market.
It used to be where 1 company could only own a certain percentage of broadcast and print in each market.
They made it so 1 company could own 100% of the media in a market.

Less voices heard that way

It's not just less voices heard vocally, it affects your ability to make your voice heard by switching the channel. I hate Disney as a company, but can no longer speak out by not watching their movies or TV shows because I can't even keep track of the shiat they control anymore.

And yeah, people seem to think that this is new. The FCC abandoned us back in the Clinton days, and has been going in dry ever since. This shouldn't really be a surprise to anyone.


It also made it very hard to get jobs in broadcast media, at least on the radio side.
Lots of these companies started piping in their programming by satellite, not having local DJs.  I was in news for 14 years and switched to be a morning music guy for 10 years. I tried to look for jobs elsewhere but they were few and far in between.
Heck, many radio stations even use services for weather and news anymore.
 
2020-06-02 11:49:14 AM  

raerae1980: How is this allowed?


All hail the almighty dollar!
 
2020-06-02 11:49:45 AM  

MFK: clkeagle: Item #6,544 for the Biden administration to repair.

if we're lucky.

Trump is going to cheat like hell, use every resource the US Government that he can exploit, invite foreign interference, Republican states will do unparalleled voter suppression, the FEC is toothless because Trump has refused to appoint anyone so there will be no referee this time around.  Meanwhile Biden is enduring a non-stop onslaught of attacks from not only the Republicans but also the far left who, for *some* reason, won't stop doing everything the can to cripple him.

The ONLY way we are going to get a Biden administration is if we swamp the polls with bodies and we are in the middle of a pandemic.

So yeah, I wouldn't start counting those chickens until after we've voted.


Us Far left people (though every other country would consider us Center-left, showing how far Republicans have pulled Democrats to the right) just want some parity with other country's laws (universal healthcare, paid sick leave, maternity leave, taxpayer funded "free" 4 year bachelors degrees, strong pro-union laws) and demand from the Democrats to stop pandering to Republicans and the ultra-wealthy by giving up on their promises after election (or abandoning their own principals after legislative victories, like how the Conservative Democrats declared Obama person non grata after putting the ACA into law; despite that law being originally a 1993 Republican alternative to Bill Clinton's single-payer proposal, with some modifications).

We want a better world and United States after Trump is gone and us "far-left" don't see lock stepping behind Biden is the only solution to Trump's mess to clean up. We will vote for Biden, but that doesn't mean we shut up now and expect things to automatically change for the better because Biden got elected, we want action from the people we elect and not just kicking the can down the road which will cause a fascist Republican more competent than Trump to be elected because the people don't see their problems solved by inaction and verbal platitudes. We do see Conservative Democrats demanding no change to their taxes and claiming the "far-left" as "unrealistic" when we want things all other industrialized countries already have with laws and politicians willing to listen to citizens and not lobbyists.
 
2020-06-02 11:49:54 AM  
Finland, if you're reading,
Buy all of America's news NOW!
 
2020-06-02 11:52:50 AM  

Mikey1969: raerae1980: How is this allowed?

Because the governing body decided to allow it. Shiat has been going downhill since Clinton was in office. His FCC opened up ownership to allow a single company to flood a market, which gave birth to the lovely entity known as Clear Channel (Since rebranded to IHeartRadio, and expanded to IHeartMedia), and it's just getting worse. The FCC stopped acting in the American public's best interests about 27 years ago.

In other words, we're farked, and soon all restaurants will be Taco Bell. Panda Express

/ftfy

 
2020-06-02 11:52:50 AM  

freddyV: Mikey1969: freddyV: The FCC started to lose all credibility when they loosened ownership rules in each market.
It used to be where 1 company could only own a certain percentage of broadcast and print in each market.
They made it so 1 company could own 100% of the media in a market.

Less voices heard that way

It's not just less voices heard vocally, it affects your ability to make your voice heard by switching the channel. I hate Disney as a company, but can no longer speak out by not watching their movies or TV shows because I can't even keep track of the shiat they control anymore.

And yeah, people seem to think that this is new. The FCC abandoned us back in the Clinton days, and has been going in dry ever since. This shouldn't really be a surprise to anyone.

It also made it very hard to get jobs in broadcast media, at least on the radio side.
Lots of these companies started piping in their programming by satellite, not having local DJs.  I was in news for 14 years and switched to be a morning music guy for 10 years. I tried to look for jobs elsewhere but they were few and far in between.
Heck, many radio stations even use services for weather and news anymore.


When I was in college for the first time (94-96) I was pursuing a career in media, with a goal of working in the radio industry.  Even had a weekly radio show on out broadcast FM station.  I left school for a job in IT.

IT is a shiatty industry but I think it would have been tougher to survive in radio.
 
2020-06-02 11:53:19 AM  
Harmonious Chinese New Service standing by.
 
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