FCC Sets Agenda For Media Ownership Workshops

The Federal Communications Commission has announced the agenda and participants for its upcoming media ownership workshops, and wants input on just how to go about reviewing its rules, as Congress has said it must do every four years.

On tap for review are "the newspaper/broadcast cross-ownership rule, the radio/television cross-ownership rule, (3) the local television ownership rule, (4) the local radio ownership rule, and (5) the dual network rule."

The workshops will be held on Nov. 2, 3, and 4, with half-day sessions featuring scholars, public interest groups and broadcasters/trade associations.

The broadcast/industry panel will include Jane Mago, executive vice president and general counsel of the National Association of Broadcasters; George Mahony, vice president and general counsel of Media General; and James Winston, executive director and general counsel of the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters.

Details on all the panels, panelists, and range of topics are available at http://hraunfoss.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DA-09-2209A1.pdf.

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.