This title gives readers a balanced look at the issue of media ownership and the surrounding arguments. Readers will learn about the history of media and consolidation in the United States and the country's four largest networks, CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX. Media ownership in other countries is also explained. Also included are laws and politics concerning communications and media ownership. Additionally, the FCC and its role in media ownership is explained. Color photos and informative sidebars accompany easy-to-follow text. Features include a timeline, facts, additional resources, web sites, a glossary, a bibliography, and an index. Essential Viewpoints is a series in Essential Library, an imprint of ABDO Publishing Company.