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According to the public interest group Common Cause, "in the San Antonio market, the new rules would allow a company to own two TV stations, eight radio stations, and several newspapers." Dean Baker, co-director of Center for Economic and Policy Research, explains, "It is hard to say too much in favor of the current situation, but the FCC rule changes would simply make it worse. They will only lead to further concentration and fewer sources of news. In the case of cross ownership of televison and newspapers, they would have a common news staff, a single set of reporters."

The Current editorial staff monitored several newscasts during the first week of January. (Sports and weather have been omitted.) As the analysis illustrates, San Antonio viewers are seeing a lot of the same news on each channel. With all the news and issues happening in a city of 1.1 million people, San Antonians see only a sliver of it.

Wednesday, December 31, 2003

KSAT (ABC) 6pm

   Unsolved murder
   SA soldier killed in Iraq
   Car crash downtown
   Mad Cow makes Texas beef prices plummet
   Death Penalty sought in Texarkana murder
   Willie Nelson's anti-war song
   New Year's resolutions: dieting
   SA New Year's celebration
   New Year's security in NYC

KABB (Fox) 9pm (no 6pm)

   Man arrested in robbery
   SA New Year's celebration
   Fireworks safe zones
   Selling booze to minors
   Four-car pileup
   SA soldier killed in Iraq
   Elderly man murdered
   Lovers' Lane murder
   Murder suspect arrested
   Two men arrested in beating death
   Funeral for sheriff's deputy
   CPS paid bills late
   Watermark Hotel opens
   Lottery winner
   NYC New Year's Eve
   Police officer run over in S.C.
   Michael Jackson allegedly manhandled
   Willie Nelson's anti-war song

Friday January 2, 2004

WOAI (NBC), 6pm

   Becky Whetstone files for Congress
   Texas lottery
   News teaser
   SA on fattest cities list
   Willie Nelson's anti-war song
   Troubleshooters mailbag: vandalized VIA bus sign; who polices taco stands?
   Christmas tree recycling
   10pm news teaser - death of local baby

KLRN (PBS) Jim Lehrer News Hour, 7pm

   Cancelled airline flights to U.S.; analysis of 2003 shopping trends
   On patrol with the 4th Infantry Division in Iraq
   Conversation with retired Army & Marine colonels about Iraq report
   Brooks and Page: Analysis of Bush administration "house-cleaning" and
    Democratic primaries

Monday, January 5, 10pm

KWEX (Univision)

   Walgreen's robbery
   Cold weather
   New rules for truckers
   SA soldier killed in Iraq
   Homemade memorial to veterans on South Side
   Ft. Hood soldiers going to Iraq
   Car wreck kills Ft. Sam Houston High School football players
   Local fundraiser for Iran earthquake victims
   New airport security program
   SAPD recruiting new officers
   Mexican news: Jail break
   Value of peso to dollar
   Christmas tree recycling
   River Walk drained for cleaning
   Health fair
   Día de los Reyes


   Walgreens robbery
   Diamond Shamrock robbery
   SA smoking ordinance
   4-year-old child died on Christmas Eve
   Peter Holt's relapse
   Fingerprinting at airports
   Long lines at Laredo border
   SA soldier returns from Iraq
   Texas soldier in Iraq
   SA soldier killed in Iraq
   Local fundraiser for Iran earthquake victims
   Father stabs daughter in Houston
   Human remains found near Dallas/Fort Worth
   Health benefits of coffee
   Ray Davies recovering
   Britney Spears' wedding
   Trial of mother who killed child
   California avalanche
   Detroit auto show
   Mars mission
   Computer kids in Canada

News 9

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   Cedar fever
   Army medic returns from Iraq
   Soldiers having to stay in uniform 90 days after return from Iraq
   Funeral for SA soldier killed in Iraq
   Visitation for another SA soldier killed in Iraq
   Fingerprinting at airports
   Jourdanton father who kidnapped his children
   Alamo Heights ISD fights "Robin Hood" system
   Car wreck kills two Ft. Sam Houston High School football players
   River Walk drained for cleaning
   Mars mission
   Christmas tree recycling
   SAPD accepting job applications
   Houston man stabs daughter
   Upcoming TX execution
   Baylor player's murder trial
   Mad Cow impact
   Entertainment spotlight
   Bush at St. Louis elementary school

Tuesday, January 6, 10pm


   Fort Sam Houston troops
   Funeral for SA soldier
   Boy returns to school
   Custody hearing for child
   Kidnapping trial jury selection
   Details of probation
   Audit of Catholic Archdiocese
   Redistricting in TX
   Ynobe Matthews' execution
   Judge's child wanders off
   Elderly driver in accident
   Schwarzenegger speech
   Mega millions lottery winner
   Skeleton found in FL attic
   Plant explosion in AR
   Photos from Mars
   Joke snippets

Channel 9

   Infant's death
   18 SA reservists go to Iraq
   Use of Fort Sam's cemetery
   Need for blood donors
   Audit of SA archdiocese
   Immigrant work program
   Sheriff's deputy steals goods from Wal-Mart
   TX redistricting
   TX scientists have luncheon
   UTSA study into Texas twang
   Northside ISD immunization program
   Hollywood Park deer ordinance
   Entertainment spotlight
   Inquest into Princess Di's death

Wednesday, January 7, 10pm


   Guest worker immigration program
   Justice of the Peace McKnight's indecent exposure
   Trial: Jones' reckless shooting of 14-year old
   Missing girl at Canyon Lake
   Restaurant robbery
   Meeting about Hemisfair Park
   Low-carb diet
   Emergency plane landing in Indy
   Roof collapses in Oregon
   Seattle car goes over cliff
   Chicken-suit robber in Ohio
   Eyewitness: Plumbing work not done properly
   Eyewitness Newsreel (joke snippets)

Channel 9

   Legacy admissions policy at Texas A&M
   Changing SA's city charter
   JOP McKnight's indecent exposure
   Immigrant worker program
   SA car accident on SW side
   NS ISD bond election
   Construction of bike trail along SA river
   Enron ex-employee's attempt at plea agreement
   Contractors scared away from Austin abortion clinic
   SA rodeo stuff
   Battle of Flowers parade
   Mud Festival
   Mulch from Christmas tree recycling
   Father and son die in MI fire
   Michael Jackson returns passport
   Wisconsin boy trapped in toy machine
   Entertainment spotlight

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