Thursday, August 10, 2006

Employment and Wage Effects of Radio Consolidation

Employment and Wage Effects of Radio Consolidation
By Peter DiCola, Research Director, Future of Music Coalition
August 9, 2006
Using data from the Occupational Employment Survey of the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, FMC Research Director Peter DiCola examines the effects of radio consolidation on employment and wages for radio announcers, news reporters, and broadcast technicians. The report finds that, comparing figures across metropolitan areas, an increase in the number of stations per owner within a metropolitan area was associated with both lower employment levels and lower wages during the years 1996 to 2003. The study also shows that the job losses in radio impede federal policy mandates to promote localism and diversity in media.
You can down load a PDF of the 30 page report at their website.


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