Media Ownership and the Public Interest Digital Seminar

15 01 2013

Media Ownership and the Public Interest

 Thursday January 24, 2013

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.  

The Newseum, 3rd Floor
Knight Studio
555 Pennsylvania Ave., NW
Washington DC, 20001




The USC Annenberg Center on Communication Leadership and Policy and the New America Foundation’s Media Policy Initiative  invite you to a conversation on media ownership and the public interest.


The Federal Communications Commission’s proposed change of media ownership rules has once again stirred debate in Washington. At issue is whether to relax the ban on mergers between a newspaper and a TV station in the same market.


On one side, those in favor of the change say that allowing the weaker TV stations in the top 20 markets to merge with newspapers is hardly a radical move, and that it might actually improve news viability in those markets.  On the other side, opponents argue that there is too much media consolidation as it is. They point to ample evidence that greater consolidation will constrain the already limited opportunities for entry in markets.


There are more than two sides to the argument. Some question the value of debating regulations on what they view as the dinosaurs of old media, and seek an updated approach to contemporary media regulations. Still others caution that we lack sufficient research to understand the impact of the proposed rule change on the public interest goals of competition, localism and diversity.


On Twitter? Follow @USC_CCLP and @NewAmericaOTI for updates.   



Welcome Remarks

Mark Lloyd

Director, Media Policy Institute, New America Foundation


Wade Henderson
President, Leadership Conference 


Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) (invited)
Member, U.S. Senate


Senator Bobby Rush (D-IL) (invited)

Member, U.S. Senate


Craig Aaron
President, Free Press


Bernie Lunzer
President, The Newspaper Guild/Communications Workers of America


Jane Mago
Executive Vice President of Legal and Regulatory Affairs and General Counsel, National Association of Broadcasters


Steven Waldman
Visiting Senior Media Policy Scholar 

Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism



Adam Clayton Powell, III

Senior Fellow, Center on Communication Leadership, University of Southern California 

Policy and University Fellow, Center on Public Diplomacy, University of Southern California


To RSVP for the event, click on the red button or go to the event page:    

For questions, contact Stephanie Gunter at New America at (202) 596-3367




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