Patrick Gottsch, head of Rural Media Group, says rural, independent television programming could disappear from cable and satellite if big mergers go through.
Two proposals currently under federal review are Comcast's merger with Time Warner Cable and AT&T's
merger with DirecTV.
Many television executives privately oppose the mergers over fears that they will allow cable and satellite TV giants to dictate terms to cable TV channels and networks.
But few TV
executives are willing to speak out in public.
is the exception, reports the New York Times
Another exception in Gottsch's campaign is the audience he's
visiting state fairs, polka dances, tractor pulls and other events where he's
likely to find viewers of his
rural-themed television channel.
asking them to write comments to the FCC
about the proposed mergers.
In Washington, he
has hired a lobbying firm and appeared before a House antitrust subcommittee, the FCC and the Justice Department
two stations, RFD-TV
and Family Net, have run spots urging viewers to speak out.