Don’t Think NBC/CBS Agenda for Hill/FCC Didn’t Play a Role in Imus Cancellation

In addition to pressure from sponsors, civil rights leaders, their own employees, and personal sense of justice, we think that part of the equation for CBS and GE/NBC was the impact on public policy. The Congress is going to take up legislation regulating TV violence (and Senate Commerce Chair Daniel Inouye just signaled his support for such a bill). The FCC is considering a new give-away to television broadcasters for their additional digital channels, requiring cable television carriage. There don’t want any serious scrutiny on their deals and mergers. There’s generally a policy angle lurking whenever the media industry does the right thing.

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Jeff Chester is executive director of the Center for Digital Democracy. A former journalist and filmmaker, Jeff's book on U.S. electronic media politics, entitled "Digital Destiny: New Media and the Future of Democracy" was published by The New Press in January 2007. He is now working on a new book about interactive advertising and the public interest.

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