Friday, December 29, 2006
A number of distinguished experts discuss the fundamental questions surrounding media ownership limits, covering issues such as ownership policies, competition, diversity, and localism.
Panelists discuss a variety of issues including: the relationship between ownership limits and market performance; the merits of ex ante ownership limits versus case-by-case investigations; what product markets are relevant to FCC consideration of ownership policies; and the costs and benefits of different types of restrictions (horizontal caps, cross-ownership restrictions, access regulations).
Stanley Besen, Charles River Associates
Mark Cooper, Consumer Federation of America
W. Robert Majure, U.S. Department of Justice
Bruce Owen, Economists Incorporated
James Bird and David Sappington, Federal Communications Commission
Panelists cover a number of areas including: the type of diversity that ownership policies should promote; the extent to which outlet diversity produces source and/or viewpoint diversity; the meaning of localism; and whether local ownership results in locally-oriented programming.
Douglas Gomery, University of Maryland
Philip Napoli, Fordham University
Joel Waldfogel, University of Pennsylvania
Jonathan Levy and Joel Rabinovitz, Federal Communications Commission
Jane Mago and Robert Pepper, Federal Communications Commission