Press Releases

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Recent press releases are below. You may download our media kit here.

  • FCC Moves to Curb Runaway TV Consolidation

    March 31, 2014

    WASHINGTON -- On Monday, the Federal Communications Commission moved for the first time in three decades to roll back media consolidation.

  • Free Press Hails FCC Plans to Expose Covert Consolidation, Promote Broadcast Diversity

    March 6, 2014
    WASHINGTON — On Thursday, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that the agency will take a closer look at television station "sharing arrangements." These agreements allow a single conglomerate to control multiple stations in the same market, skirting FCC rules that are supposed to preserve independence and diversity on the airwaves.
  • Hundreds Gather to Welcome FCC Chairman in Oakland

    January 9, 2014

    OAKLAND, Calif. -- On Thursday, it was standing room only in Nile Hall at Preservation Park as hundreds of Oakland residents gathered to tell Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler about the issues that matter most to them. The event, hosted by the Voices for Internet Freedom Coalition in partnership with the Center for Media Justice, Free Press, ColorOfChange and the National Hispanic Media Coalition, was the chairman’s first community event outside the Beltway.

  • Oakland to Welcome FCC Chairman Wheeler for January Town Hall

    January 2, 2014

    OAKLAND, Calif. -- On Thurs., Jan. 9, Voices for Internet Freedom, in partnership with the Center for Media Justice, Free Press, ColorOfChange and the National Hispanic Media Coalition, will host a town-hall event in Oakland featuring Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler.

    Oakland Voices: A Town Hall on Our Right Communicate will give Oakland community members an opportunity to share their stories — and to tell Chairman Wheeler about the impacts of an increasingly corporate media environment.

  • Free Press Disappointed in FCC Decision to Allow More Media Consolidation

    December 20, 2013
    WASHINGTON -- On Friday, the Federal Communications Commission approved Gannett’s acquisition of Belo and Tribune’s acquisition of Local TV. The two deals involve the sale of nearly 40 stations in cities including Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Louisville, Norfolk, Va., Phoenix, Portland, Ore., Seattle and St. Louis.
  • FCC Puts Push for Media Consolidation on Ice

    December 17, 2013
    WASHINGTON -- On Monday, stories broke that the Federal Communications Commission would no longer pursue an order put forth by then-Chairman Julius Genachowski that would have gutted the agency’s newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership rules. The FCC did not indicate what its plans were for the order, which was a part of the 2010 Quadrennial Review, nor did it specify its plans for the upcoming 2014 review.
  • Justice Department Takes First Step in Stopping Broadcasters from Using Shell Companies to Consolidate

    December 16, 2013

    WASHINGTON -- On Monday, the Department of Justice announced that it would require Gannett to divest TV station KMOV in St. Louis before it would consider approving Gannett’s acquisition of Belo’s 20 stations.

    KMOV is the CBS affiliate in St. Louis. Without the divestiture, Gannett would have controlled two major network affiliates in this market. This would have violated the Federal Communications Commission’s broadcast ownership rules — and according to the DoJ, it would have harmed competition in the local advertising market.

  • Free Press Applauds Sen. Rockefeller for Standing Firm Against Media Consolidation

    November 26, 2013

    WASHINGTON -- On Monday, Sen. Jay Rockefeller sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler supporting media ownership limits and acknowledging concerns about broadcasters’ use of shell companies and other shady tactics to skirt those rules.

    The letter comes as the FCC evaluates several proposed transactions, including Sinclair Broadcast Group’s acquisition of Allbritton, Gannett’s of Belo and Tribune Company’s of Local TV.

  • Sinclair's Defense Is as Bogus as the Shell Companies It Uses to Evade the FCC Rules

    October 24, 2013

    WASHINGTON -- On Thursday, the Sinclair Broadcast Group responded to a report Free Press released this week.

  • FCC Looks the Other Way as a New Wave of Consolidation Devours Local TV Stations

    October 22, 2013

    WASHINGTON -- On Monday, Free Press released Cease to Resist: How the FCC’s Failure to Enforce Its Policies Created a New Wave of Media Consolidation. The report investigates how companies are using shady tactics to buy up TV stations and build new national media empires.

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