Is The FCC Incubator Program Destined To Fail?



Some 28 years ago, Jim Winston, Executive Director and General Counsel of the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters (NABOB), had an idea.

What if an incubator program were developed that could truly push media ownership beyond white non-Hispanic male leaders? This spurred talk of the creation of an incubator program that could fully fuel entry of women and multicultural individuals to the annals of radio and TV station owners.

On Thursday, August 2, the FCC “took a historic and long overdue step to increase ownership diversity in the broadcast industry.” An incubator program designed to establish greater broadcast media ownership diversity will come to fruition.

But, Democratic FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel dissented. Now, one individual close to the push for the program tells RBR+TVBR it has a fatal flaw. Therefore, Michael O’Rielly, in this source’s view, effectively killed more than a quarter-century of efforts championed by NABOB, MMTC and other diversity-focused groups.

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