The Lack of Racial and Gender Diversity in Broadcast Ownership & The Effects of FCC Policy: An Empirical Analysis

Publication Date: September 2007

Publisher: Free Press (Organization)

Author(s): Mark Cooper; S. Derek Turner

Research Area: Media, telecommunications, and information

Keywords: Media Ownership; Diversity in Media; Minority Ownership

Type: Report


This study provides the first complete assessment and analysis of female and minority ownership of full-power commercial broadcast radio and television stations operating in the United States. Because this study represents the first ever complete assessment of all licensed commercial broadcast stations, it cannot and should not be compared with previous reports from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) or summaries produced by the FCC. All previous efforts by these agencies left out significant numbers of minority owners (and female owners, in the FCC's case). Likewise, previous academic and other studies using these flawed data are inaccurate or incomplete.