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Sean Trank 2/04/2008 Dr. Greer COM 350 1. Briefly discuss the historical background of the newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership issue. The issue began in 1920s during congressional debate over the Radio Act of 1927; though more because some members of Congress feared that the promotional power of radio might give newspapers that owned a station an unfair advantage over competing newspapers than because of any concern about viewpoint diversity. In 1930 the Great Depression rocked the American economy and newspaper competition declined in many cities. A study of newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership by the FCC’s top Engineers in 1938 concluded that no rule against cross- ownership was justified. Three years later the same issue came up and the Commission finally ended court proceedings in 1944; no rules about prohibiting cross-ownership were adopted. In 1974 the issue came back up when television was on the stage. A review of the research showed that cross-ownership had no affect to content diversity.
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