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FCC COMMISSIONER BLASTS STATE OF TV NEWS

December 2, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

FCC Commissioner Michael Copps has sharply criticized U.S. television news for failing to produce “the body of news and information that democracy needs t conduct its civic dialogue.” In an interview broadcast on BBC World News America, Copps said that unless television news reverses course, “we are going to be pretty close to denying our citizens the essential news and information that they need to have in order to make intelligent decisions about the future direction of their country.” Separately, in remarks prepared for delivery today (Thursday) at Columbia University’s School of Journalism and published in the Los Angeles Times, Copps blamed “the place where I work” for encouraging media consolidation that “eviscerate[d] just about every public interest responsibility that generations of reformers had fought for and won in radio and TV.” He pointed to a study indicating that the average 30-minute local newscast now has less than 30 seconds devoted to news about local government.