Sen. Al Franken: Stop Consolidation to Save the Future of Media

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee member Sen. Al Franken questions witnesses during a hearing about the recent events at the Fukushima Daiichi reactor complex March 29, 2011. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

Thanks to the emergence of Netflix, Aereo and other online providers and TV streaming services, the future of broadcast entertainment and its consumption has become a complex legal problem over the past few years.

The Supreme Court will decide Aereo's fate in the next month, and Congress is investigating the future of cable in a push led by Senator Al Franken.

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Before the state of Minnesota elected Senator Franken to Congress, he was best known for his years at Rockefeller Center, with the cast of Saturday Night Live on NBC. Once in the Senate, Franken became a leading critic of NBC's merger with Comcast after the latter acquired the former for an estimated $13.8 billion. He's now examining the potential Comcast-Time Warner deal. 

In a conversation with Takeaway Washington Correspondent Todd Zwilich, Senator Franken discusses net neutrality, the Comcast-Time Warner deal, and his belief that the future of media depends on healthy competition.


Senator Al Franken and Todd Zwillich

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja and Jillian Weinberger


T.J. Raphael

Comments [3]

Pauly from Manalapan NJ

Props to Sen. Franken. I dont know which others are aligned with him. But if they are not they are looking out for someone else's interest other than the they are supposed to serve. Its seems more and more government officials outside the Presidency are siding with big business. We may stop using the line "Land of the free and home of the brave" to "land of the indebted and home of corporate control".

May. 14 2014 04:01 PM
ILR1950 from Arlington

How many people know the 'racist' lyrics to the 'ice cream truck song'? How many people even know they exist? If no one hearing the music even knows one version of lyrics are offensive then its a really stupid thing to be whining about.

May. 14 2014 12:39 PM
Amanda Takemoto from Winchester, VA

I mix Sriracha with melted butter and pour it over my popcorn. The best popcorn ever.

May. 14 2014 09:24 AM

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