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Mar 4, 2002  •  Post A Comment

Buck gets an agent
New York-While speculation swirled last week about who might replace Pat Summerall and John Madden as the lead NFL announcing team at Fox, one of the leading contenders, Joe Buck-who has not previously had an agent-signed with William Morris. Chris Collinsworth and Troy Aikman are also being mentioned as contenders for the job.
Digital extensions sought
Washington-The FCC at deadline had already received applications from 253 of the nation’s approximately 1,200 commercial television stations seeking extensions on an agency requirement that they launch digital TV operations by May 1. The requests are due by the close of business Monday.
DirecTV hearing set
Washington-The Senate antitrust subcommittee, headed by Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., announced plans for a March 6 hearing on the proposed EchoStar-DirecTV merger that will feature testimony from EchoStar CEO Charlie Ergen and DirecTV CEO Eddy Hartenstein. Also slated to testify are Gene Kimmelman of the watchdog Consumers Union; Robert Pitofsky, former FTC chairman; and Jay Nixon, Missouri’s attorney general.
Disclosure advocated
Washington-GOP FCC Commissioner Kathleen Abernathy said last week she wouldn’t oppose greater disclosure of broadcasters’ community-interest programming. “In addition to the public file, posting information on a station’s Web site regarding the type of public-interest programming that is available on the station … could foster more dialogue between the community and the station without infringing on the First Amendment rights of broadcasters,” she said in speech at a Media Institute luncheon in Washington.