FCC report on media warns of decline in quality local news

A new report from the Federal Communications Commission warned that the “independent watchdog function that the founding fathers envisioned for journalism” is at risk in local communities across the country.

GENACHOWSKI In a 475-page report released Thursday titled, “The Information Needs of Communities: The Changing Media Landscape in a Broadband Age,” the government regulatory agency, which has oversight over television and radio as well as certain aspects of the Internet, said there is a “shortage of local, professional, accountability reporting” that could lead to “more government waste, more local corruption,” “less effective schools” and other problems.

“The less quality reporting we have, the less likely we are to learn about government misdeeds,” said FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski in a statement released with the report.

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