TV & Radio

TV & Radio

Putting the control of scarce broadcast properties into the hands of a just a few large companies can limit and skew access to information. We oppose media consolidation and support diverse broadcast ownership, greater competition, and new technologies that could bring TV and radio content directly to you from the web.

Consumers Union Documents

Consumers Union News Releases

  • Consumers Union opposes House FCC bills

    News Release Consumers Union – Policy and Advocacy Division of Consumer Reports Wednesday, November 16, 2011   WASHINGTON — As a House subcommittee prepares to mark up two bills to restructure the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports, is urging members to oppose the legislation. The House Continue Reading

  • Consumer Groups Say Regulators’ Conditions for Comcast-NBC Come with Real Strings Attached

    WASHINGTON, D.C, January 18, 2011 — As federal regulators today moved toward approval of Comcast’s acquisition of NBC Universal, Consumers Union (CU), the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, and Consumer Federation of America (CFA) said the approval is coming with some real strings attached. CU and CFA had expressed objections to combining the nation’s largest broadband and cable provider with one of the largest content owners, concerned that a combination this large could constrict competition and choice, and lead to higher cable and broadband prices for consumers.

  • Consumers Union Statement on FCC Order on Comcast-NBC

    WASHINGTON, D.C., December 23, 2010 – Parul P. Desai, policy counsel for Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, made the following statement today as the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) circulates an order among the commissioners to approve Comcast’s proposed buyout of NBC Universal with certain conditions.

  • Consumers Union: Net Neutrality Rules Should be Strictly Applied to NBC-Comcast Deal

    WASHINGTON, D.C. December 21, 2010 — As the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today prepared to approve new rules for network neutrality, Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, called on federal regulators to apply the principles of the rules in their review of cable giant Comcast’s proposed buyout of the NBC Universal programming empire.

  • Consumers Union Raises Concerns about NBC-Comcast

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, February 3, 2010, Washington, DC— The Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Antitrust and the House Commerce Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet will hold separate hearings on Thursday, February 4, about the proposed sale of NBC-Universal to Comcast, Corp. Here’s why Consumers Union thinks the proposed merger is a bad deal for consumers.

  • CALM Act: Consumers Union Applauds House Passage

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, December 15, 2009, WASHINGTON, D.C. –The U.S. House of Representatives today approved the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act (CALM Act.) The CALM Act would finally address one of the most frequent consumer complaints to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC): the abrupt loudness of television advertisements.

  • Exposing Comcast’s Hollow ‘Public Interest’ Commitments

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, December 4, 2009, WASHINGTON — Analysis by leading consumer groups finds ‘Concessions’ in NBC takeover mostly meaningless.

  • GE and Comcast Deal: Statement by Consumers Union

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, December 3, 2009, WASHINGTON — Today, General Electric reached an agreement that paves the way for Comcast to buy NBC Universal. Currently, Comcast is the nation’s largest cable operator and largest provider of residential high-speed Internet services. NBC Universal is a global media company with huge interests in TV programming, film, cable, TV and the Internet.

  • Low Power FM Radio Stations: Consumers Union Urges Passage

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE, November 19, 2009, WASHINGTON, DC –Today the Senate Commerce Committee unanimously voted the Local Community Radio Act of 2009 (S. 592), sponsored by Senator Cantwell, out of committee. The bill will now head to the full Senate for approval.

Blog Posts

  • Low Power FM Ready to Boost Community Broadcasting

    More than a decade ago the Federal Communications Commission came up with a great idea to help combat the massive consolidation in the radio market and to give local communities a voice of their own – low power FM radio stations. The stations were to be small at 100 watts – roughly the energy needed Continue Reading

  • There’s an Energy Leech Sitting Next to Your TV

    Those cable and satellite boxes hooked up to your televisions could be running up your electric bill. In a new study released on Tuesday, the Natural Resources Defense Council said such boxes are cumulatively soaking up about $2 billion in energy costs each year. The main problem is that the devices – often called set Continue Reading

  • Will be Live Blogging from NCMR is heading up to Boston this weekend and will be live blogging from the 2011 National Conference for Media Reform. If you can’t be there, we hope you will follow the action on our blog. We will be focusing on a panel we are co-sponsoring on Saturday morning titled “Mobile Voices, Mobile Justice: A Continue Reading

  • Comcast-NBC: Not Perfect, but FCC and Justice Department Conditons Should Help Consumers

    Earlier this week the government approved the super-sized deal allowing Comcast, which is already both the country’s largest cable television company and Internet service provider, to purchase control of NBC Universal and its huge stable of media properties. At Consumers Union, publisher of this blog, we made it clear that our first choice was for the Federal Communications Commission or the Department of Justice to reject this deal. Once it was clear the deal was going to be approved, we said the approval needed to include strong and enforceable conditions to help ensure Comcast would be firmly discouraged from engaging in anti-competitive, anti-consumer behavior.

  • Video: Sen. Sanders Opposes Comcast Takeover of NBCU

    Sen. Bernie Sanders has posted a video in opposition to Comcast’s pending takeover of NBC Universal. The lawmaker from Vermont is deeply concerned about the deal which would give the country’s biggest cable provider control of one of the nation’s premier entertainment and information providers.

  • Consumers Union Launches New Campaign Against Comcast Takeover of NBC

    WASHINGTON, D.C, November 30, 2010. — Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports and this blog, is stepping up its effort to urge federal regulators to reject Comcast’s bid to buy NBC Universal. The campaign is the latest effort by Consumers Union against the combination of Comcast, the nation’s largest provider of cable TV and residential broadband Internet service, and the NBC programming empire. The print and online ads point readers to a web site – – where they can write the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) about the proposed deal.

  • Comcast Takeover of NBC Could Block NFL Fans

    Should Comcast get control of NBC, it could and likely would try to move Sunday Night Football off free broadcast television or even basic cable. Don’t think so? That’s exactly what happened to the groundbreaking Monday Night Football broadcast in 2005. After 35 years of revolutionizing televised NFL football, MNF was shifted from ABC to the ESPN cable network – lock, stock and Hank Williams Jr. Want to tell the FCC you are against the Comcast takeover of NBC? Just click here.

  • Washington Must Protect Consumers in Proposed Comcast/NBC-Universal Deal

    Lawmakers in Washington will hopefully be asking a lot of tough questions when executives from Comcast and NBC-Universal come before them today to discuss their proposed merger. Like most everyone without direct ties to Comcast, Consumers Union think the proposed marriage of the country’s largest cable company and the multi-tentacled NBC-Universal media empire is a truly lousy deal for consumers.

  • Public Interest Groups Oppose Comcast-NBC Merger — Find Out Why

    A broad group of industry, labor and public interest organizations, including Consumers Union, have written to the White House and Congress with deep concerns about Comcast’s proposed acquisition of NBC-Universal.

  • As a Consumer Watchdog, FCC Needs Both Bark and Bite

    Saying it must be a “vigilant watchdog for the consumer,” the Federal Communications Commission is launching a “consumer task force” to advance the commission’s consumer agenda and promote collaboration across the agency. We hope that means a watchdog with both a bark and a bite.

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