Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 4:15am
REDSTONE TO REGULATORS: STAY OUT OF OUR HOMES
[SOURCE: Broadcasting&Cable, AUTHOR: John Eggerton]
Media Companies are living in fear, their programs under assault by people who may not have even seen them and by regulators who dictate business models "that will do more harm than good." That was the message being brought to Washington Monday by Viacom Chairman Sumner Redstone, recipient of The Media Institute's Freedom of Speech award. According to an advance copy of his speech to the Friends & Benefactors Banquet, Redstone wants them to know that the fear of an FCC content crackdown is taking its toll in self-censorship. He points to several examples, including 11% of CBS affiliates pre-empting or moving the 9/11 documentary re-airing. Redstone wants regulators to help spread the word about the content-control power viewers already have, but to "stay out of their homes."
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