Feb. 20, 2013: A panel discussion hosted by the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy on the Federal Communication Commission’s media ownership rules and their impact on the media’s ability to meet the information needs of North Carolina communities. The FCC is currently reviewing its rules and is considering scrapping the radio/TV cross-ownership rules, loosening the newspaper/TV cross-ownership rules, and leaving in place the radio and TV local market ownership caps. These changes could have a profound influence on the media environment in North Carolina.
Former FCC Chair Michael Copps introduced the topic and a panel of media and academic experts discussed how the current FCC rules and proposed rule changes affect local accountability journalism. The panel was moderated by Teresa Artis, former Vice President & General Counsel, Capitol Broadcasting Company, and included the following speakers:
Penny Abernathy, Knight Professor of Digital Media Economics, UNC School of Journalism and Mass Communication
Michael Copps, former FCC Chair (and UNC Ph.D ’68)
Jim Goodmon, President & CEO, Capitol Broadcasting Company
Jane Mago, Executive Vice President & General Counsel, National Association of Broadcasters
Bob Phillips, Executive Director, Common Cause North Carolina
Orage Quarles III, President and Publisher, The News & Observer
Mar. 4, 2013: The UNC Center for Media Law and Policy hosted a public address by Professor Lawrence Lessig, the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law and Leadership at Harvard Law School, and director of the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. The lecture tackled one of the most challenging problems we face: corruption in politics. How have good people, with good intentions, allowed our democracy to be co-opted by outside interests, weakening our institutions and especially public trust in those institutions? What role has the media played in this weakening and what should be its role going forward?
On March 24, 2015, the UNC Center for Media Law and Policy hosted the second-annual Wade H. Hargrove Media Law and Policy Colloquium, featuring David L. Cohen, executive vice president of Comcast Corp. Mr. Cohen spoke about “The Democratization of Media” and was then interviewed by Donald A. Baer, worldwide chair and chief executive officer of the strategic communications firm Burson-Marsteller. More info at medialaw.unc.edu/events/hargrove-colloquium-2015/