Today’s media market is being consolidated at unprecedented levels leaving just a handful of companies controlling all aspects of the industry from creation and production to delivery. This lack of meaningful competition and diversity in the marketplace means fewer diverse voices and fewer employment opportunities for writers. To combat the further disintegration of the media market, the WGAW meets with the FCC and Department of Justice officials in addition to submitting filings on these issues to explain the harm that consolidation has on the industry. Below are the most current filings and position papers.
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WGAW Position on Competition in the Video Programming Market (.pdf)
WGAW Position on the Proposed AT&T – T-Mobile Merger (.pdf)
The Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act prohibits service providers (known as MVPDs) who deliver video content from retransmitting a broadcast station’s signal without the station’s consent. In passing this law, Congress correctly recognized the government’s interest in protecting broadcast television from the growing market power of cable operators in the distribution of television programming. Disagreements between the content producers and the MVPDs have resulted in the FCC reconsidering the retransmission rules. The WGAW is concerned that a change in rules will diminish the content creators leverage in bargaining for a fair market value. The Guild’s complete position is outlined in the statement below.
WGAW Retransmission Consent Position Statement (.pdf)