FCC reports on Media Ownership Suppressed?Tweet
September 20, 2006
What happened to these two reports? From Broadcasting and Cable (hat tip: reader A.M.):
As promised, FCC Chairman Kevin Martin is investigating two reports on media ownership--radio and TV--that were created at the FCC but never released.
In a letter to Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Martin said that he was making the second report available on the FCC Web site. He also said he would include that report, a 2003 study of radio ownership, as part of the open localism and media ownership proceedings. He did the same with the initial 2004 TV report [pdf].
Martin initially said he himself would investigate why the study had not been released before, but has now agreed to let the FCC's Inspector General look at both, per Boxer's request.
MORE: The AP did a more detailed writeup (free re. req'd) and mentions this tantalizing detail:
A lawyer who worked at the FCC when the report was written said last week that FCC managers ordered the destruction of that report. He is no longer with the agency.
Director of Investigations, POGO
At the time of publication, Nick Schwellenbach was Director of Investigations for the Project On Government Oversight.
Authors: Nick Schwellenbach