ACME Youth Make Video Blog

September 28, 2006

Watch the video “Too Much TV”

Check out the new ACME Youth Make Video blog set-up by the Center for Media and Democracy:

“This site will be used to post videos that we make during the ACMEcoalition National Conference. With so many great names/faces/speakers/educators/thoughts we think we will be able to make a dozen or so quick short videos that share with you our flavor of what we see at the conference. We also hope this site can stay up after the conference for more youth to post and share their videos from around the sphere.”

Be sure to check out the video blog during the ACME Summit Oct. 6 – 8 and subscribe to the RSS feed for updates.


New Report on Minority & Women TV Station Ownership in U.S.

September 21, 2006

A new report on media ownership in the U.S. by S. Derek Turner, Research Director at Free Press and Mark Cooper, Fellow at McGannon Communications Research Center, finds that:

  • Women comprise 51 percent of the entire U.S. population, but own a total of only 67 stations, or 4.97 percent of all stations.
  • Minorities comprise 33 percent of the entire U.S. population, but own a total of only 44 stations, or 3.26 percent of all stations.
  • Hispanics or Latinos comprise 14 percent of the entire U.S. population, but only own a total of 15 stations, or 1.11 percent of all stations.
  • Blacks or African Americans comprise 13 percent of the entire U.S. population but only own a total of 18 stations, or 1.3 percent of all stations.
  • Asians comprise 4 percent of the entire U.S. population but only own a total of 6 stations, or 0.44 percent of all stations.
  • Non-Hispanic White owners controlled 1,033 stations, or 76.6 percent of the all stations.

Download the report here.

Read the press release here.

Media Reform Groups Speak Out Against FCC “Scandal”

September 19, 2006

Press Release from Free Press and the Future of Music Coalition:

Second Secret Study Surfaces at FCC

Whistleblower leaks radio ownership report buried under Powell administration

” A Federal Communications Commission study on the negative impacts of radio consolidation came to light Monday after being buried at the agency for at least two years. This was the second secret FCC study on media ownership to surface in as many weeks.

‘This is a scandal,’ said Josh Silver, executive director of Free Press. ‘Apparently, FCC officials are willing to deep-six any research that contradicts industry’s pro-consolidation claims. They can’t be trusted. There needs to be an independent investigation and a full review of all research conducted under the leadership of Michael Powell and Kevin Martin.’

The study, a ‘Review of the Radio Industry’ conducted by the FCC Media Bureau, found that the Telecommunications Act of 1996 had led to a drastic decline in the number of radio station owners — even as the actual number of commercial stations in the United States had increased.

A copy of the study is available at

The press release is here.

Consuming Kids: Marketing in Schools and Beyond

September 16, 2006

From CCFC:

CCFC’s 5th Annual Summit

Consuming Kids:

Marketing in Schools and Beyond

Wheelock College, Boston

October 26-28, 2006



$175 General Admission

$75 students (w/ valid ID)

Registration includes Thursday night reception and Friday/Saturday continental breakfast and lunch

Complete Schedule and List of Presentations and Workshops

3 ways to register

  1. Click here to register online

  2. To register by phone: Please call Lauren Wholley at (617)278-4280

  3. Click here to register by mail/fax.

Click here for information on summit accommodations.

CCFC’s 2006 Consuming Kids summit promises to be our best ever. Since 2001 we have been bringing together distinguished scholars, activists, parents, and educators to talk about how marketing undermines children’s health and well-being and what we can do about it. This year’s summit features a special focus on marketing in schools.


The summit kicks off at the Judge Baker Children’s Center on Thursday, October 26 at 7:00 PM with an opening reception and a special presentation of the 2nd annual Fred Rogers Integrity Award to Raffi Cavoukian, the beloved children’s troubadour. The award, named in honor of the host of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, is given by CCFC to the public figure whose efforts to protect children from harmful marketing best embody Mr. Rogers’ long-standing commitment to nurturing the health and well-being of America’s children.


In over three decades of entertaining children, Raffi has steadfastly refused all commercial endorsement offers, and his company has never directly advertised or marketed to children. He is a passionate advocate for a child’s right to live free of commercial exploitation.


Friday and Saturday will feature presentations and workshops on topics ranging from Commercialism’s Impact on Learning to Marketing Sex, Violence, and Values and we also examine effective advocacy strategies for reclaiming childhood from corporate marketers.


Summit Schedule

  • Thursday, October 26, 7:00: Opening Reception with Raffi
  • Friday, October 27, 8:30 -5:00 PM: Panels and Workshops
  • Saturday, October 28, 8:30 -5:00 PM: Panels and Workshops

Click here for the complete schedule a list of panels and workshops

Click here for Presentations from the 2005 CCFC Summit

Former FCC Chair Accused of Destroying Media Ownership Study

September 16, 2006

Amazing. In a gift to media reform groups, the AP reports this week that former FCC Chairman Michael Powell ordered a study on how media ownership affects local news coverage to be destroyed, in an attempt to further loosen rules on media consolidation.

AP reported in a separate article yesterday that Powell denies these accusations:

“The draft report, which surfaced earlier this week, was at odds with agency policy under Powell regarding media ownership issues. A former FCC lawyer told the AP that senior managers at the agency ordered the report be destroyed.” – Associated Press, “Powell denies seeing media ownership study”

Read the article here.

Free Press and other media reform groups are calling on current FCC Chairmain Martin to conduct an investigation into the alleged “cover-up”.  Read the press release from Free Press here.

Channel 7 to buy Channel 56 in Boston

September 16, 2006

The Boston Globe reported yesterday that the owner of WHDH-TV Channel 7 is set to buy WLVI-TV Channel 56. Globe reporter Jenn Abelson reports that the buyout from the Tribune Co. should result in the lose of 150 jobs in an attempt to capture the Boston youth market with “exependable incomes”.

“Miami media mogul Ed Ansin , who owns WHDH-TV (Channel 7) in Boston, said yesterday that he plans to buy WLVI-TV (Channel 56) for $113.7 million and make over its 10 p.m. newscast to appeal to a younger demographic”

Read the article here.

Dollars & Sense Forum on Economic Justice and African-American Communities

September 9, 2006

A special upcoming event from Dollars & Sense

Economic Justice & African-American Communities
A Dollars & Sense Forum

Diane Dujon
Longtime welfare rights and anti-poverty organizer; editor of For Crying Out Loud: Women’s Poverty in the United States; administrator at the College of Public and Community Service, U. Mass-Boston.

Bill Fletcher Jr.
Longtime labor and international activist; until recently president of TransAfrica Forum; former education director of the AFL-CIO following years as an organizer in the SEIU, District 65-UAW, and other unions.

Chuck Turner
Boston City Councilor and longtime activist; has directed a CDC, an organizer training center, and a jobs agency for construction workers of color; worked at a nonprofit consulting firm focused on establishing worker cooperatives.

Friday, September 15, 2006
7:00 p.m.
Community Church of Boston
565 Boylston Street
Copley Square, Boston

Sliding-scale contribution: $5 to $20
Reception following the forum: contribution of $20 or more

This forum honors Chris Tilly, scholar and activist of labor and equality issues, who “retired” from the Dollars & Sense collective this year after 20 years of dedicated involvement.
Please join us in celebrating Chris’s contribution !!

For more information or to purchase tickets,
please call 617-447-2177 or visit
Tickets also available at the door.

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