FCC Ponders Retrans Document Request

The FCC has given interested parties until Friday (Sept. 26) to comment on whether the FCC should extend additional protections to copies of retransmission consent- and program carriage-related documents it is asking for in connection with its review of the Comcast/Time Warner Cable/Charter and AT&T/DirecTV merger proposals.

Some broadcasters and cable companies have told the commission the information is highly confidential and that the contracts should be reviewed at the Justice Department because FCC protective orders are not sufficient to protect the information if the FCC places them in the public record of the proceeding.

The FCC wants a lot of answers in a short amount of time.

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John Eggerton

Contributing editor John Eggerton has been an editor and/or writer on media regulation, legislation and policy for over four decades, including covering the FCC, FTC, Congress, the major media trade associations, and the federal courts. In addition to Multichannel News and Broadcasting + Cable, his work has appeared in Radio World, TV Technology, TV Fax, This Week in Consumer Electronics, Variety and the Encyclopedia Britannica.