Who Will Be Eligible for Diversity Packages, MMTC Asks - Radio World

Who Will Be Eligible for Diversity Packages, MMTC Asks

It is better to have no station minority ownership package than one that confuses the public and causes harm to minority entrepreneurs — so says David Honig.
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It is better to have no station minority ownership package than one that confuses the public and causes harm to minority entrepreneurs — so says David Honig.

He’s the executive director of the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council.

The FCC must determine who would benefit before changing its rules to encourage diversity of ownership, he wrote. That means taking time to consider recent proposals to open TV Channels 5 and 6 to the FM band and to consider relaxing community of license and transmitter site rules to preserve local radio service, promote diversity of ownership and build the LPFM service.

The MMTC says the FCC’s Diversity Committee met this week and developed a review plan of eligible applicants. MMTC’s comments were made in response to the anticipated commission Dec. 18 vote on proposals to make it easier for minorities and women to own stations.

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