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May 23, 2012

Why You Hear The Same Songs Over and Over On National Radio & TV

How many times have you been driving and you hear the same song that they played just 20 minutes ago? So you switch to another radio station, and they’re playing the exact same song! It’s not a coincidence, and it’s not because people are calling in and requesting the same song. The real answer is due to media consolidation. What this means is that only 6 huge companies control a scary 90% of the media. What six companies? GE, Newscorp, Disney, Viacom, CBS and Time Warner.

Let’s take a look back at 1983, when the media was owned by 50 different companies. Radio stations has much more freedom on what could be broadcasted, what could be said, and more importantly, what music could be played. According to FreePress.net, media consolidation means less diversity in programming and ownership, fewer voices and viewpoints, less coverage of local issues that matter to communities and less of the unbiased, independent and critical journalism we need to prevent abuses of power.”

There are 232 media executives in control of what information will be broadcasted to a 277 million Americans. Do the math, and that means for eery 850,000 subscribers, 1 media executive is making the decision of what gets broadcasted. We’re not just talking radio and TV. These executives control the news and movies.

Take a peek at the image below. It should explain everything for you.







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