The Federal Communications Commission voted on June 2 to loosen restrictions on the number of outlets a media firm can own in a single market (more info). Test your knowledge on the debate:
1) Who had this to say about the FCC's move to loosen rules on media ownership: "There are real dangers in complete [media] concentration. The conventional wisdom is wrong -- we need more regulation, not less."
2) Under the FCC's current rules, if a company owns a TV station in a particular market, how many radio stations can it buy in the same market?
3) If the FCC votes to change the rules, how many radio AND TV stations could a company buy in the same market?
4) Under the current FCC rules, how many local TV stations can companies own in one market?
5) Under current FCC rules, how many local TV stations can companies own in the same city where they also own a newspaper?
6) Networks are not allowed to buy television stations that, added up, reach more than what percentage of the U.S. population?
7) If the FCC changes its rules, networks will be allowed to own local stations that reach a combined total of what percentage of the U.S. population?
8) The debate over media ownership rules has produced what are -- at the very least -- some strange bedfellows. Which of the odd pairs below has teamed up to oppose any loosening of ownership rules?
9) "You scare the hell out of me." Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) made this remark to a witness during a May 8 House Judiciary Committee hearing on media ownership. To whom was she speaking?
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