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FCC begins process to halt growth of media consolidation

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Foes of media consolidation, which include the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, seem to have a friend now in the Federal Communications Commission.

The FCC on Thursday took the first step in a process that could limit the number of TV stations one company can own, by treating TV stations equally.

The current ownership limit is not a number, but a percentage. One ownership group can own stations covering 39 percent of the U.S. population, but no more.

'Watsons Go to Birmingham' an opportunity to talk about things that matter

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"The Watsons Go to Birmingham"
8 p.m. (7 p.m. Central) Friday, The Hallmark Channel

In time to mark the 50th anniversary of the Sept. 15, 1963, bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala., that killed four young girls (Addie Mae Collins, Cynthia Wesley, Carole Robertson and Denise McNair), "The Watsons Go to Birmingham" made-for-television film will premiere on The Hallmark Channel. The events in the movie take place not even a month after the March on Washington and Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech.

Late-night comedian's thoughtful take on popular culture something to see

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In an age of nonstop reality television, it is rare to find something truly "real" on the tube, but a friend slipped something into my inbox a couple of days ago, and it stunned me.

It comes from comedian Craig Ferguson, host of "The Late Late Show" on CBS. (Full disclosure: I work for CBS, but I don't often see this show because it comes on at 12:30 a.m., by which time I am very fast asleep. Very.)

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