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FCC Chairman Calls for Public Hearings

Sep 8, 2006  •  Post A Comment

The Federal Communications Commission today said it would launch its public hearings into media ownership in Los Angeles with a public hearing to be held Oct. 3.

FCC chairman Kevin Martin had promised that the commission will hold a number of public hearings on media ownership issues. Last time the commission took up media ownership, it held just a single public hearing. The lack of hearings ended up being a factor in an appellate court decision overturning the resulting rules.

Announcing the hearing today, Mr. Martin described public comment as essential.

“Public input is integral to this process. The Commission will hold public hearings in diverse locations around the country to fully involve the American people in its review of our media ownership rules,” said Mr.Martin.

“I look forward to hearing from the American people on a variety of subjects at these hearings–such as the impact of the Commission’s rules on localism, minority ownership, and various types of programming like independent and religious programming and children’s and family-friendly programming,” Mr. Martin added.

The FCC said it will provide more details about the hearing later.