Sutter Named to Head FCC Diversity Committee

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has named Diane Sutter, president of ShootingStar Broadcasting, as chair of the FCC's Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE).

Sutter has been vice chair of the committee. She succeeds Julia Johnson, president of NetCommunications, who has resigned.

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In addition, Pai named Anna Gomez, a partner with Wiley Rein, as a committee member and successor to Sutter as vice chair.

Finally, the chairman named Susan Au Allen, a member of the committee's Digital Empowerment Inclusion Working Group, as a full member of the ACDDE.

The chairman announced back in April 2017 he was creating the committee. The FCC formerly had a Diversity Advisory Committee, but its charter expired without being reconstituted.

Sutter was one of four committee members who last week asked the FCC to make sure that TV stations are not left out of the FCC's proposed new diversity incubator program.

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.