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On February 19th a federal court handed a victory to todays largest American media corporations stating that limits on the number of stations a network can own would be reconsidered and the regulation that had kept cable operators from owning television stations would be lifted Executives of large media corporations welcomed the ruling stating the ownership rules to have become outdated in an era of media consolidation Were very pleased the court vacated the cable broadcast cross-ownership regulation said Paul T Cappuccio general counsel of AOL Time Warner The rule had long ago become an anachronism and did not serve the public interest It wasnt remotely necessary to protect competition But consumer groups expressed distress because of future concentration of ownership this court ruling has let loose Comcast and Time Warner will be kicking tires on NBC before the week is out said Andrew Jay Schwartzman president of the Media Access Project which is ready to appeal the decision and take it to the Supreme Court if necessary Its a terrible thing for diversity of viewpoints in general for programming diversity in particular and it will increase the price of video Steve Wilson and Jane Akre were fired by FOX TV in Tampa Bay Florida for attempting to tell the truth about the dangers of bovine growth hormones BGH in the nations milk supply Monsantos in particular The BGH arose concern of potentially promoting cancer in humans a worry that has lingered for 5 years well after the FDA approved that is was safe for humans We paid 3 billion for these television stations well tell you what the news is said David Boylan a micro manager that replaced the manager who had hired Wilson and Akre as investigators The news is what we say it is They were fired and six months later the investigative reporter that had replaced them went on the air
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