Senate Commerce Committee Postpones DTV-Transition Hearing

The Senate Commerce Committee postponed its digital-TV-transition update hearing, which had been scheduled for Thursday.

Instead, the senators will attend a Capitol Rotunda service for Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), who died this week of cancer.

No new date was given for the hearing that, like one held in the House Wednesday, was being scheduled in advance of the Feb. 17, 2008, date that marks one year until the 2009 date for the switch to digital TV.

But the hearing won't be held until after Feb. 25, when legislators return from next week's Presidents Day recess.

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.