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FCC Gears Up For Ownership Hearing

FCC Gears Up For Ownership Hearing

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.