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Jul 9, 2001  •  Post A Comment

Congress pressuring
FCC to keep station cap
Washington-Congress is putting pressure on the Federal Communications Commission to avoid relaxing the 35 percent broadcast ownership cap. In a June 29 letter to the agency, 14 Senate and House lawmakers, including both Democrats and Republicans, said they oppose any effort to raise the cap. “We are committed to making sure that as the media industry evolves and consolidates, the voice of local broadcasters is not stifled or silenced,” they said. Signatories included Sen. Ernest Hollings, D-S.C., Sen. Trent Lott, R-Miss., Sen. Ted Stevens, R-Alaska, Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., and Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass. The FCC plans to review all of its broadcast ownership rules soon, and the lawmakers want to head off any relaxation of the cap that might otherwise result from the review.
`Change of Heart’ gets
a change of format
New York-“Change of Heart” has started production at its new home in New York City with a new face on the set-comedian Lynne Koplitz. The relationship strip will modify its format this year by adding cameras out in the field. The series will cover dates from start to finish, follow up on dating duos after they’ve left the show and tape “rate-a-date” testimonials from moms, best friends and siblings.
Gottfried closing in
on syndicated `Link’?
Los Angeles-Rumors are flying that comic Gilbert Gottfried will take insulting duties for the new syndicated version of “Weakest Link” from NBC Enterprises. Although an NBC spokesperson said no decisions had been made, insiders say a deal could be announced next week.