Format Diversity With Consolidation: Fact Or Fiction?


One of the most striking takeaways from a letter signed by 10 leaders of radio broadcasting companies that fully backs a NAB proposal to loosen the FCC’s ownership restrictions for AM radio and for markets below No. 75 in rank is a claim that, with less owners in a market, greater programming options exist.

Is this a bogus claim, using manipulated facts gathered over 25 years of format changes and station sales by parties closely aligned to the biggest ownership groups in radio? Or, is this a factual statement that simply can’t be argued, because it’s wholly true?

Well … it depends on what market you’re in, and how one defines “format diversity.”

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