Statement on Third Circuit Court of Appeals Decision on Prometheus Radio Project Case

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEThe Writers Guild of America, East (WGAE) issued this statement today in response to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals’ decision on media ownership in the Prometheus Radio Project case:

“We applaud the Media Access Project’s success in this case and we look forward to working with the FCC in crafting a new approach to media consolidation and its effect on the public.  We recognize the economic challenges faced by news organizations but we do not believe the appropriate response is to permit a relative handful of giant companies to control the market.  The American people deserve thoughtful journalism and diverse viewpoints.  This means well-funded public media, new models of non-profit newsgathering, and robust private entities with economic and editorial independence.”

The Writers Guild of America, East, AFL-CIO, is a labor union representing writers in motion pictures, television, cable, digital media, and broadcast news. The WGAE conducts programs, seminars, and events on issues of interest to, and on behalf of, writers. In addition, it represents writers’ interests on the legislative level.  For more information on the Writers Guild of America, East, visit www.wgaeast.org.###