STRIKE COVERAGE: Obama Sides with Writers
Illinois Senator, Democratic Presidential Candidate Takes Writers Guild of America’s Side During Strike
By John Eggerton -- Broadcasting & Cable, 11/5/2007 11:25:00 AM
"I stand with the writers," he said in a statement Monday afternoon. "The guild's demand is a test of whether media corporations are going to give writers a fair share of the wealth their work creates or continue concentrating profits in the hands of their executives. I urge the producers to work with the writers so that everyone can get back to work."
Writers and producers of TV shows failed to come to contract terms over a master agreement that expired Oct. 31. One of the key issues is how to compensate writers in a multiplatform world.
Obama has become outspoken in recent days on media issues, weighing in on network neutrality in an online forum and on media ownership in a statement read during a Federal Communications Commission hearing in Chicago.
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