Nicholas Johnson

  • The Media Barons and the Public Interest: An FCC Commissioner's Warning

    The message aside, the medium may be turning into a quadruple threat, argues Federal Communications Commissioner Johnson. Local monopolies, regional baronies, nationwide empires, and corporate conglomerates are more and more in control of the nation’s communications medianewspapers, TV, radio, magazines, books, the electronic “knowledge industry.” The commissioner offers a brief in protest against the trend and in favor of steps to stop it. At thirty-three, Mr. Johnson already has one spirited David-Goliath role behind him: the President named him head of the Maritime Administration in 1964, where he fought for shipping industry reforms over the protests of both management and labor. He became one of the seven members of the FCC in 1966.