FCC Gears Up For Ownership Hearing

FCC Gears Up For Ownership Hearing
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The FCC has worked out the format and expected panelists for the agency's field hearing on broadcast ownership rules next Thursday in Richmond, Va. The event is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Greater Richmond Convention Center.
The hearing will be organized into three panels, each of which will focus on one of the FCC's key policy goals of broadcast regulation - diversity, localism and competition. The six broadcast ownership rules to be discussed at the hearing are:
Newspaper/Broadcast Cross-Ownership Prohibition; Local Radio Ownership;
National TV Ownership; Local TV Multiple Ownership; Radio/TV Cross-Ownership Restriction and Dual Television Network Rule.
Panelists for a discussion of diversity issues are: L. Brent Bozell III, Parents Television Council; Robert Corn-Revere, Hogan & Hartson; Jay Ireland, NBC Television Stations; Alfred Liggins, Radio One, Inc.; Victoria Riskin, Writers Guild of America; Andrew Jay Schwartzman, Media Access Project and Wendy Thompson, Telemundo.
Panelists for a discussion of competition issues includes: David Croteau, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Virginia Commonwealth University; Linda Foley, The Newspaper Guild-CWA;Victor Miller, Bear Stearns & Co. Inc.;
Ed Munson, WAVY(TV)/WVBT(TV), Norfolk, Va.; Bruce Owen, Economists Incorporated; Jonathan Rintels, Center for the Creative Community and Jim Winston, National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters, Inc.
Panelists for the discussion of localism: Frank A. Blethen, The Seattle
Times; Thomas R. Herwitz, Fox Television Stations, Inc.; Mark Mays, Clear Channel Worldwide; Deborah McDermott, Young Broadcasting Inc.; Chris Powell, Journal Inquirer; John Sturm, Newspaper Association of America and Jenny Toomey, Future of Music Coalition.