Minority Group: FCC Ownership Reports “Woeful”

The Minority Media and Telecommunications Council (MMTC) has fired off a letter to the Commission demanding more aggressive action to correct conditions revealed in a report showing persistent and severe under-representation of minority and women owners in the broadcast industry. In the letter, the MMTC, speaking for an inclusive advocacy group, the Diversity and Competition Supporters (DCS), said, “The DCS remains appalled at the persistently low numbers of minority and women commercial broadcast stations and station owners. According to the report, racial and ethnic minorities own a majority interest in 8% or 756 of the nation’s commercial radio stations, while women own less than 7% of these stations.” The letter goes on to say that “the commission must act now to promulgate rules and policies that will foster substantial increases in the numbers of women and minorities owning broadcast stations.”