Williamstowm, MA - WilliNet, community channel 17 in Williamstown, will broadcast "Why Media Diversity Matters," on Friday, June 29 at 9pm and Sunday, July 1 at 8pm. Distributed by Free Speech TV, "Why Media Diversity Matters" features author, commentator, and talk show host Tavis Smiley, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, LCCR President and CEO Wade Henderson, and other distinguished speakers for a one-of-a-kind event on the importance of media diversity.
There's a battle looming at the Federal Communications Commission and in the court of public opinion. It's a battle over control over today's media environment.
For more than two decades, the FCC, the agency that regulates the media, promoted minority ownership and employment in broadcasting, but that progress has been halted. Today, instead of local ownership with a diversity of views, we now have homogenized, cookie-cutter media divorced from local concerns.
A distinguished and diverse panel of speakers in DC and Denver will discuss why every American should be concerned about the loss of the diverse, independent journalistic voices that used to connect our nation, serve our local communities, and provide the foundation for our democracy.
This broadcast is organized by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights in partnership with Common Cause, Moveon.org, Free Press, and New America Media.
Throughout the nation, over a million people are using electronic media to build community in their communities. They've learned to run TV cameras, set lights, edit video, and produce top-notch television programming for and about their community all for little or no cost. The mission of WilliNet is to support the production, acquisition, promotion, and provision of public access cable television programming for public, educational and governmental (PEG) interests of the citizens of Williamstown, MA and adjoining communities of Berkshire County.