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'The public is crying out for news and information'

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FCC Commissioner Mike Copps talks to Katty Kay about the state of the US media. Copps calls the current status a 'pretty serious situation' and says that American media has a 'bad case of substance abuse.'

"We are not producing the body of news and information that democracy needs to conduct its civic dialogue," Copps told the BBC.

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