—are in the community in good times and bad.
As far as media concentration, the proliferation of indigenous news media occurred in the 1980s and the 1990s but over recent years there has been a decline. As production costs soared and technology changed, it became a financial hurdle to many of those regional indigenous media organizations. Within the last few years, advertising revenues have been harder to come by. We scaled back our services to reflect a new and greatly diminished economic reality.
The launch of APTN in 1999 as a national news provider has been a welcome alternative to mainstream news. A lot of important stories are still not being covered.