LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Members of the television industry, expressing concern about the impact of media consolidation on programming quality and diversity, has asked for a federal study of the issue.
In a letter to Federal Communications Commission chairman Michael K. Powell, TV creators called popular culture among "our great national treasures" and one that is under assault.
"The harm comes about as a direct result of the growing concentration of ownership. The consequences of this new factor in our industry are -- and this is no exaggeration -- potentially catastrophic," the Caucus for Television Producers, Writers & Directors said in its June 7 letter.
While new technology has increased the number of radio and TV channels available, "there has also been an alarming increase in the number of corporate entities which own and control these systems," the caucus wrote.
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