Thursday, February 17, 2005
Saying that " if a local candidate wants to be on television, and cannot afford to advertise, his only hope may be to have a freak accident", John McCain (R-Ariz.) has introduced the Localism in Broadcasting Reform Act of 2005, which would require broadcasters to renew their licenses every three years, down from the present 8 year cycle. As partial support for his contention that some broadcasters are not meeting their obligations to serve the public interest, McCain cited a recent report by the Norman Lear Center at the Annenberg Center of the University of Southern California. Read the Center's report here.
The Center hosts an impressive array of resources, including pages on the Image of the Journalist in Popular Culture and extensive reports on issues of the day. See for example the Center's Local News Archive, a joint project with the University of Wisconsin.