Civil Rights and Media Ownership
Rules that limit media ownership also advance equity in ownership. These rules help because they reduce barriers to new owners. For example, many of the FCC's licenses were allocated in the 1940s and 1950s when women and people of color were unlikely to obtain a license. Today, an individual entrepreneur might be able to become a media owner by purchasing a radio or television station. However, if media companies are very large, it will be more difficult to raise the financial capital necessary to purchase a media company. This decreases the likelihood that women and people of color can become media owners. For more information about media and civil rights, see our Civil Rights and Media section .
Thursday, March 10, 2005
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