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Copps Statement on the Approval of the Cumulus-Citadel Merger

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Released: September 14, 2011


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Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street, S.W.
Washington, D. C. 20554
This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order
constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).



September 14, 2011

Joshua Cinelli at (202) 418-2000




"The wheels of media consolidation spin on. Today the Media Bureau approves the
combination of Cumulus and Citadel, the number two and number three radio companies in the
country, creating a media giant that will own more than 560 stations. Earlier this year we had the
huge Comcast-NBCU transaction. Last week we learned of another large company buying up
seven additional media outlets. Time after time and in market after market, there are fewer
independent options and fewer local voices. To pass FCC and DOJ muster, Cumulus-Citadel
needs to divest only 14 stations. Applicants will put these stations in a trust pending sale to,
hopefully, women and minority owners. But too often such stations just languish, unsold, in a
trust. Just this month, in another proceeding, a petition to deny was filed as licenses in such a
trust were being renewed after three-and-a-half years without being sold. Applicants also claim
this merger will lead to additional funding for programming to serve local audiences, but chances
are we won't hold their feet to the fire if they fall short. So round and round we go.
"If the Commission is intent on continuing to bless consolidated control of more and
more of our broadcasting outlets by fewer and fewer big interests, isn't it time to ensure that we
have some public interest guidelines so that consumers and citizens can be assured of at least
some level of local programming, real news about real issues, independent production, and
coverage of issues of interest to the diverse populations that make up local communities?"
- FCC -

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