Alliance for Community Media Asks President to Consider Diversity and Localisim When Appointing FCC Chair

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The Alliance for Community Media’s (ACM) executive director, Sylvia L. Strobel, Esq., called on the Obama Administration yesterday to select a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman with a record of recognizing and supporting the important issues of diversity and localism in media.

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“As the Obama administration undertakes the appointment of a new FCC chair to replace Chairman Genachowski, we respectfully request that all such candidates have a record of recognizing and supporting the important issues of diversity and localism,”

The Alliance for Community Media’s (ACM) executive director, Sylvia L. Strobel, Esq., called on the Obama Administration yesterday to select a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chair with a record of recognizing and supporting the important issues of diversity and localism in media.

“As the Obama administration undertakes the appointment of a new FCC chair to replace Chairman Genachowski, we respectfully request that all such candidates have a record of recognizing and supporting the important issues of diversity and localism,” Strobel wrote in a letter to President Obama. “At a time when local news outlets are decreasing, ACM members are often the only source of critical, local information that is reflective of the diverse communities in which we live.”

The ACM represents the nation’s public, educational, and governmental non-commercial cable channels. Its members are community media centers, and serve as critical anchor institutions for local news and public affairs programming, media literacy education for youth, workforce development training, public safety information, and as a convener of community service providers. ACM members are directly impacted by actions and inactions of the FCC and these decisions have had an adverse impact on its members’ ability to serve their local communities.

The ACM sent this important letter to President Obama as the decisions directed by the Chair will have a tremendous impact on the services, finances, and future of its members and the communities they serve.

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