An historical analysis of
the ABC-ITT merger proceeding
before the Federal Communications Commission, 1966-1967
Karen Beth Possner
University of Iowa Doctoral Dissertation
One of his dissents in the ABC-ITT merger case is available on the Web.
- It was the first major FCC case in which he was involved.
- One that attracted significant national attention.
- One offering him insights that shaped much of what he did during his seven-year term.
- It was the basis for his "The Media Barons and the Public Interest," The Atlantic, June 1968;
- the genesis for Chapter Two of his book, How to Talk Back to Your Television Set (1970).
Thus, given Possner's excellent description of the case and its background, it seemed useful and appropriate to make reference to her dissertation in this context.
The dissertation is on file at the University of Iowa Libraries and may be available on inter-library loan.
It has not be reproduced in its entirety here, however there are two pdf files (two in order to keep them from going much beyond 500K each) that offer a suggestion both of her style and of what the case was about: Possner's description of the issues and evolution of what she designates "Issue One." The first pdf file also contains a reproduction of the dissertation's title page and table of contents.
Possner Dissertation I
Possner Dissertation II
The dissertation is copyright by the author, who at one time worked in Commissioner Johnson's office, It is reproduced here as "fair use" for non-commercial, educational use only. Any further distribution of these excerpts requires the permission of the author.