Los Angeles (June 24, 2004) – Screen Actors Guild (SAG) President Melissa Gilbert today released the following statement in reaction to today’s ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals to block Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to dangerously expand the number of television and radio stations that can be owned by a single media company in one market:
"This ruling is a victory not only for creative artists who are employed by media companies, but for the viewing public,” said Gilbert. “This is a battle to protect the public airwaves, ensure a diversity of viewpoints in the media and defend worker’s rights. Screen Actors Guild is proud to be a part of this critical fight and we commend the appeals court for today’s decision.”
Screen Actors Guild is the nation’s premier labor union representing working actors. Established in 1933, SAG has a rich history in the American labor movement, from standing up to studios to break long-term engagement contracts in the 1940s to fighting for artists’ rights amid the digital revolution sweeping the entertainment industry in the 21st century. With 20 branches nationwide, SAG represents nearly 120,000 working actors in film, television, industrials, commercials and music videos. The Guild exists to enhance actors’ working conditions, compensation and benefits and to be a powerful, unified voice on behalf of artists’ rights. SAG is a proud affiliate of the AFL-CIO. Headquartered in Los Angeles, you can visit SAG on-line at www.sag.org.