Media Reform Bill Introduced

According to Radio Currents Online, Rep. Maurice Hinchey (D-NY) has introduced the Media Ownership Reform Act of 2005 (MORA).

According to Hinchey’s press release the bill, “seeks to undo the massive consolidation of the media that has been ongoing for nearly 20 years.” So, it hits most major media reform points:

  • reinstate a national cap on ownership of radio stations
  • lower the number of radio stations one company can own in a single market
  • reinstate the 25 percent national television ownership cap
  • require regular public interest reports from broadcasters
  • establish new public interest obligations

The bill’s number is H.R. 3302. Click here for the full text.