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Senate in Media Mood

The Senate Commerce Committee will have a heavy media-related schedule next week.

On Tuesday, the full committee will hear from noncommercial TV and radio executives as well as ground-breaking documentary producer Ken Burns as it considers the reauthorization of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Then on July 15, ex-broadcaster Senator Conrad Burns will preside over a communications subcommittee hearing on Nielsen's local people meters.

No witnesses were announced, but Nielsen expects both company President Susan Whiting and Chief Communications Officer Jack Loftus to appear.