The two Democrats on the five-member Federal Communications Commission, Jonathan Adelstein (right) and Michael Copps (left), held a hearing in Oakland last night (Oct. 27) to discuss the agency’s plans to revise its rules regarding how many stations a single company can own. According to the Chronicle, the two told an audience of about 350 that their attempt to fight media consolidation is an uphill battle because they’re in the minority on the commission and they’re having a difficult time getting information from the agency’s staff. Speakers at the hearing complained that minorities were under represented on TV news. “Sure, people of color are in the news, but as crime suspects,” said Malkia Cyril, director of the Oakland-based Youth Media Council. “This is about being able to have more local control over the media outlets.”

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