My Media Wish List For 2010

As newspapers, magazines and television networks saturate us with an endless array of Best Of, Year End and Round Up lists, I thought I’d do something a little different. Instead of looking back, I prefer to look forward. Here’s what I would love to see happen in the world of media in 2010. Some entries on this list have a real good chance of becoming reality if we agitate hard enough (see #2). Maybe others not so much, but a girl can always dream (see #12). Happy New Year!

1. President Obama and Congress begin to reverse 30 years of consolidation in the television and radio industry.

2. Internet Freedom (Net Neutrality) becomes the law of the land.

3. No more drug ads on TV.

4. Faster affordable broadband for all Americans.

5. The Local Community Radio Act is passed and signed into law. The House has already voted in favor, so now it’s up to the Senate.

6. Los Angeles gets a proliferation of start-up news web sites that bring the city more local news coverage.

7. The impending marriage of Comcast and NBC is stopped at the altar.

8. A 24-hour BBC news channel on my cable system.

9. The Los Angeles Times does away with the fluff on its opinion page and puts in more opinions about important issues.

10. Facebook becomes easier to use.

11. President Obama and Congressional Democrats pick another fight with Fox News.

12. Sarah Palin disappears from the headlines.

13. The Los Angeles Times gets purchased by a local owner.

14. The mainstream media starts treating global warming deniers the same as it does flat earthers, alien abductees and conspiracy theorists.

15. The mainstream media does more stories on the economic difficulties of ordinary Americans and fewer stories about the undeserving, spoiled and rich.

16. Ratings for hate radio and hate TV plummet.

17. Los Angeles-area TV news stations give more coverage to the California governor’s race, Senate race and ballot initiatives than they do to crime, celebrities, self-help and surfing dogs.

18. Cable news pundits and political operatives are replaced by people who actually have some expertise in the subjects they talk about.

19. Congress grants more funding to PBS and NPR so the public channels rely less on corporate underwriting and begging viewers and listeners for donations.

20. PBS finds a great replacement for the fabulous and informative Bill Moyers, a champion of media reform who is retiring and ending his shows Bill Moyers Journal and NOW in April 2010.

21. Fantastic new jobs for all of us unemployed writers/journalists.

22. A laptop and a smart phone so I can blog and Tweet away from my desktop.

23. More Americans join the movement to reform the media.