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Jan 7, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Action on digital TV front
Washington-The House subcommittee on telecommunications and the Internet, headed by Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., plans to hold a February hearing on digital television, sources said late Friday. The hearing, subject to House Energy and Commerce panel approval, would signal growing involvement by Congress in overseeing the slow-moving rollout of DTV. Meanwhile, the cable industry on Jan. 3 released specs for a software system that makes it easier for digital sets and set-top boxes to receive digital TV and interactive services over cable.
Moussaoui joining in debate over cameras
New York-The defendant in the case of the United States vs. Zacarias Moussaoui has joined the pretrial skirmishing over the issue of cameras in the courtroom. Mr. Moussaoui, who could face the death penalty if convicted, is the man alleged to be the “20th hijacker” in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Mr. Moussaoui’s attorneys have filed a brief in support of last week’s Court TV motion to televise his upcoming federal trial.
Televising the trial would “add an additional layer of protection to see these proceedings are fairly conducted,” said Mr. Moussaoui’s lawyers, according to an Associated Press account of the defense motion filed with U.S. District Court on Friday.
CBS’s Engberg retires
New York-Award-winning CBS correspondent Eric Engberg, the creator of “Reality Check” segments for “The CBS Evening News” since 1992, retired Friday from the network for which he has reported on a wide spectrum of subjects with a sneak-up-on-you wit and style for more than 25 years. Based in Washington for the past two decades, Mr. Engberg and his wife, Judith, plan to move to Florida.