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Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Miss.) told a hometown crowd in
Pascagoula, Miss., that he has talked with Black Entertainment Television chief Bob Johnson, and he plans to appear
on the African American-targeted cable network next week for one hour to explain
himself and talk about his hopes and dreams.

Those include putting behind him the flap over his remarks praising 1948
presidential candidate Strom Thurmond, who was then running on a segregationist
ticket.

Lott apologized several times for those remarks this past week, and he did so
again Friday, but he said he has no plans to step down as majority leader.

Lott has often been a friend to local broadcasters, supporting the 35
percent ownership cap and digital-TV multicast must-carry.

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.