Last updated: June 12, 2008 - 9:22pm
A coalition of media activists, including the benton Foundation, filed comments at the Federal Communications Commission Wednesday defending its proposals to boost broadcasters' localism obligations. The groups -- which include Common Cause, Media Access Project and the Center for Creative Voices in Media -- said the FCC needed to adopt new programming guidelines and additional community outreach. They argued that the FCC jettisoned more stringent localism rules in the 1980s with the understanding that TV stations would continue to air shows responsive to local issues and ascertain what those issues are, but that has not been the case. "The record compiled in this and related proceedings is more than adequate to show that leaving local-issue programming to market forces has not in many cases resulted in sufficient local coverage to meet community needs," they wrote.
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