Corporate media wants to control every bit of information, including the kinds of news and investigative reporting you see....


National media conglomerate Raycom Media of Alabama owns both the NBC (KHNL) and CBS (KGMB) stations in Hawaii, and controls the My TV station (KFVE). Combined, the three stations present Hawaii News Now's cookie cutter news; broadcasts on all three channels are identical!

We live in a community where monopoly forces exert tremendous control over the free flow of information. Raycom Media unfairly dominates the television broadcast market, and the Honolulu Star Advertiser dominates print media. There is a lack of genuine competition. There are a few internet based information sources, but their combined audiences are very small compared to the power of monopoly media.

A return to a more diverse, competitive and locally focused media environment is sorely needed in this community.

Media Council Hawaii is working to encourage the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to dismantle this monopoly of the Raycom broadcast stations. MCH has filed a formal petition against the renewal of the licenses for the Raycom Cartel's stations. We believe that should these licenses be available, that there is a real possibility of local acquisition of ownership. At the very least, it will encourage a more diverse media environment.

See a copy of our petition to the FCC.

We need your help!

Here's what you can do:

  • Join Media Council Hawaii. Email us for more information.
  • Write a letter to the FCC, asking them not to renew Raycom's licenses. You can find sample text here.
  • Like us on Facebook and be sure to share with your friends.

We'd like to know – what programming would you like to see? How would you change the channel?