FCC to Hold Media Ownership Workshop

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Washington, DC - Dec 18, 2009 - The Federal Communications Commission will hold its next media ownership workshop on Jan. 12, 2010, at 9 a.m. in the Commission Meeting Room as part of the Commission's 2010 quadrennial review proceeding (MB Docket NO. 09-182). The workshop will focus on the current financial and economic conditions and marketplace factors affecting the media industry and how the FCC should take these into account as it conducts its review process.

Specifically, the forum will examine whether:

  • The media ownership rules affect the financial health of broadcasters.
  • Lending or investing institutions consider the rules in their funding practices.
  • Economic changes affecting the media marketplace are cyclical or permanent.
  • There is a need to balance financial conditions in the media industry with other policy goals when conducting the Commission's ownership review and, if so, how that should be done.

    The workshop will also explore how new media is affecting broadcasters, the lending and investment practices in traditional media, and how market size affects financial issues related to broadcasting.

    The forum will consist of two panels. The first will be comprised of smaller broadcasters or broadcasters that compete in smaller markets and representatives of financial institutions that serve them. The second panel, consisting of larger broadcasters or broadcasters that compete in the larger markets, will also include representatives from financial institutions that serve these broadcasters.

    The session will be streamed online at www.fcc.gov/live.

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