Goodmon To Speak at FCC Localism Hearing

Goodmon To Speak at FCC Localism Hearing

Hearing Details:
Watch the Hearing on WRAL’s NewChannel (Digital Cable Channel 256) or online at wral.com.
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CBC President & CEO Jim Goodmon will participate in the Federal Communications Commission’s first hearing for its Localism Task Force in Charlotte on Wednesday, October 22, 2003. The hearing runs from 5:30-8:45pm at the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Government Center Meeting Chamber and is open to the public.

FCC Chairman Michael Powell established the FCC Localism Task Force in August 2003 to gather information from consumers, industry, civic organizations and others on broadcasters’ service to their local communities. Some call Powell’s Task Force too little too late; he created the group after a backlash of criticism from the FCC’s June 2003 ruling to loosen media ownership regulations.

The Charlotte hearing will begin with invited guests, such as Goodmon, and panelists making brief introductory remarks. Several FCC Commissioners will be in attendance and will have the opportunity to ask questions of the panelists or comment on the subject of localism.

Six public hearings will be held in total. Besides the Charlotte hearing, others will take place in San Antonio, TX; Santa Cruz/Salinas, CA; Rapid City, SD; Portland, ME; & Washington, DC through next spring.

Court of Appeal Hearing Date Set
The U.S. Court of Appeals in Philadelphia will hear arguments on Monday, Jan 12th at 10am regarding the FCC’s media-ownership rules. CBC filed the challenge to the rulings along with a coalition of other organizations and the Court stayed the rules in September 2003.
  The Court’s Decision:
  Stay Order from the Third Circut Court of Appeals*
  The Filing:
  CBC’s 8/18/03 Stay Motion*
  Resources:
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  The FCC Press Release spelling out the ruling*
Synopsis of the FCC rule changes
FCC website

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