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.

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.