Minority, Public TV Viewers Face Greatest Threat in FCC Auction


JohnMLawsonBy John Lawson

John Lawson is president of Convergence Services, Inc., a consulting firm that specializes on techno-political strategy for the digital media industry. In this opinion piece, he says the news last summer that Sesame Street is migrating from PBS to HBO is not the only indicator that an economic divide may be widening within the American viewing public.

Audience data indicate that two segments of the U.S. population will be hit especially hard by the upcoming FCC auction to sell off television airwaves to wireless carriers: minorities and public television viewers.

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