Local Media Ownership and Media Quality

22 Pages Posted: 8 Apr 2011 Last revised: 3 Oct 2012

Adam D. Rennhoff

Middle Tennessee State University

Kenneth C. Wilbur

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Rady School of Management

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Date Written: August 26, 2011

Abstract

The United States Federal Communications Commission regulates local media ownership to promote competition, diversity and the provision of local programming. This study investigates how local media cross-ownership, co-ownership and ownership diversity are associated with media market outcomes. It does so by regressing local-market media quality variables on local-market media ownership variables, controlling for unobserved market characteristics. Scant evidence is found to indicate that local media ownership affects local media usage or programming.

Keywords: Law, Media, News, Regulation, Television

Suggested Citation

Rennhoff, Adam D. and Wilbur, Kenneth C., Local Media Ownership and Media Quality (August 26, 2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1803256 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1803256

Adam D. Rennhoff

Middle Tennessee State University ( email )

P.O. Box 27
MTSU
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
United States
615-898-2931 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://mtweb.mtsu.edu/rennhoff

Kenneth C. Wilbur (Contact Author)

University of California, San Diego (UCSD) - Rady School of Management ( email )

9500 Gilman Drive
Rady School of Management
La Jolla, CA 92093
United States

HOME PAGE: http://kennethcwilbur.com

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