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TV Networks Join Forces to Lobby Congress Over Media Rules

HeadlineSep 02, 2003

The owners of the television networks CBS, NBC and Fox have joined efforts in a high profile lobbying effort to persuade Congress not to overturn the media ownership regulations recently approved by the Federal Communications Commission.

According to the Wall Street Journal the networks are attempting to send the message to Washington that voters don’t care who owns their local television station and that voters oppose governments regulation.

The campaign is centered around the slogan, “America Says: Don’t Get Between Me And My TV.” The networks are running ads this week in the Washington-based papers, The Hill and Roll Call, which are primarily read by Senators, House representatives and their staffs.

During the run-up to the FCC vote, more than two million letters, emails and faxes were sent to the FCC. Almost all of them opposed the weakening of the nation’s media ownership regulations.

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