It disturbs me how little (none that I've seen) of the debate about TV consolidation [washingtonpost.com] bothers to point out what happened in the radio industry [salon.com] as a consequence of the same act. Maybe they think everybody knows it, but it seems odd not to point it out. (There was an anti-consolidation site that had helpful info and a form for submitting ecomments to the FCC, and they didn't mention this anywhere in their sample info. I don't remember where the site was now.)
"The unintended consequences [of the act] have changed irrecoverably the face of radio," says Ness, [a] former FCC commissioner."
Salon itself followed up with an article in February implying that the radio consolidation mess was derailing the FCC's current plans to deregulate, but that doesn't seem to have been true, given the current debate.