FCC investigating advertiser discrimination

August 20, 1998
Federal officials have begun an investigation into whether advertisers have systematically discriminated against radio and TV stations that are owned by minorities or attract large African American and Hispanic audiences.
     For years, minority broadcasters have complained that advertisers consistently pass over their stations or pay far less for commercial air time than on stations reaching primarily white audiences. Although minority broadcasters have offered anecdotal evidence of discrimination, no government agency has previously attempted to study whether a pattern exists.