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FCC to examine future of media

The Federal Communications Commission said yesterday it would examine the future of the media -- a beast of an issue that is vexing everyone from local broadcasters to national newspapers to bloggers.

The agency sent out a public notice calling for discussion and created a Web site for thoughts on media to be hashed out as well. The agency will take all the information and explore important themes that arise later this year, it said.

The Federal Trade Commission is holding workshops on the topic and has drawn media tycoons like Rupert Murdoch of News Corp. to push for paywall models. Arianna Huffington of Huffington Post said there's no going back with the linking and aggregate culture of sites like hers.

“We are at a critical juncture in the evolution of American media,” said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski in a press release. “Rapid technological change in the media marketplace has created opportunities for tremendous innovation. It has also caused financial turmoil for traditional media, calling into question whether these media outlets will continue to play their historic role in providing local communities with essential news and civic information."

By Cecilia Kang  |  January 22, 2010; 8:41 AM ET
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