Disney Weighs In on Indie Producer Complaints

The Walt Disney Co. jumped into the ongoing media conglomerate ethics debate yesterday in an attempt to prevent the FCC from reinstating a rule that would prohibit broadcasters from having a stake in the programs they air.

Disney execs met with FCC commissioners to voice their opposition to the idea that networks should reserve slots in their television lineup for works produced by outside companies. Independent producers are frustrated with broadcast outlets like ABC, which gives priority to shows produced by parent company Disney.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Disney supported the financial interest and syndication rule before its purchase of ABC, but now cites competition from 300 cable networks for its change of heart.

ABC claims that 25% of its current entertainment programming is purchased from outside suppliers.