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News Release: August 19, 2010
Preserving Democratic Discourse and Fair Competition

Writers Guild, West urges FCC to impose additional requirements for proposed Comcast/NBC-Uni merger

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Concerned about the negative impact of the media industry’s increasing consolidation on consumers’ access to diverse and independent news, information, and entertainment content, the Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) today warned that the proposed Comcast/NBC-Universal merger will not serve the public interest unless the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) imposes requirements to preserve fair competition and promote diversity of content sources.

In its latest round of reply comments filed today with the FCC regarding the Comcast/NBC-Uni merger, the WGAW addressed the far-reaching implications of the vertical integration of content production, distribution, and exhibition that would be created as a result of this proposed consolidation:

“The control of our news, information and entertainment sources in increasingly fewer hands is a profoundly negative development not just for writers but for consumers and all citizens in a democracy. The FCC should require that this merger create more competition, not less; more diversity, not less.”

For a full copy of the Guild’s comments, click here.

 

 

The Writers Guild of America, West (WGAW) is a labor union representing writers of motion pictures, television, radio and Internet programming, including news and documentaries. Founded in 1933, the Guild negotiates and administers contracts that protect the creative and economic rights of its members. It is involved in a wide range of programs that advance the interests of writers, and is active in public policy and legislative matters on the local, national and international levels. For more information on the WGAW, please visit: www.wga.org.