FCC Public Hearing in Los Angeles on Media Ownership

The Federal Communications Commission announced the first public hearing on media ownership issues will be held in Los Angeles, California, on Tuesday, October 3, 2006.

Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2006

Part 1
1:00p.m. – 4:30 p.m. PST
University of Southern California (USC)
Davidson Conference Center
Embassy Room
3415 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90089

Part 2
6:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. PST
El Segundo High School
640 Main Street
El Segundo, CA 90245

The purpose of the hearing is to fully involve the public in the process of the 2006 Quadrennial Broadcast Media Ownership Review that the Commission is currently conducting. This hearing is the first in a series of media ownership hearings the Commission intends to hold across the country.

The hearing is open to the public, and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The hearing format will enable members of the public to participate via “open microphone.”

Agenda and list of witnesses follows:

1:00 p.m. Welcome/Opening Remarks
1:30 p.m. Panel Discussion – Creative Community / Independent Programming

Stephen Cannell, Member, Caucus of Television Producers, Writers &
Taylor Hackford, Third Vice President, Directors Guild of America
Anne-Marie Johnson, National First Vice President, Screen Actors Guild
Patric Verrone, President, Writers Guild of America, West
Mona Mangan, Executive Director, Writers Guild of America, East
Marshall Herskovitz, President, Producers Guild of America
Mike Mills, Bassist for R.E.M., Member, Recording Artists' Coalition
John Connolly, President, American Federation of Television and Radio
Brandon Burgess, CEO, Ion Media Networks
Tim Winter, President-Elect, Parents Television Council

2:30 p.m. Public Comments
4:15 p.m. Wrap-Up
4:30 p.m. Temporary Adjournment

El Segundo High School:
6:30 p.m. Opening Remarks
6:45 p.m. Panel Discussion – Market Overview / LA Case Study

Bruce Owen, Stanford University on behalf of CBS, FOX and NBC
Dr. Frank Wright, President and CEO, National Religious Broadcasters
Ted Lempert, President, Children Now
Julian Do, Co-Director, New America Media
Paula Madison, President and General Manager of KNBC; Executive Vice
President of Diversity, NBC Universal
Vincent Malcolm, Vice President and General Manager, KTLA, Tribune
Broadcasting Company
Jim C. Joyce, Sector Vice President, NABET/CWA
Jorge Delgado, President and General Manager, KMEX-TV and KFTR-TV
Dr. S. Huw Anwyl - Senior Minister of Shepard of the Hills Church, Laguna
Niguel, CA
Dr. Mark Cooper, Director of Research, Consumer Federation of America
Sydney Levy, Program Director, Media Alliance
Moctesuma Esparza, CEO, Maya Cinemas

7:45 p.m. Public Comments
9:45 p.m. Wrap-Up
10:00 p.m. Adjournment

The moderator for both locations will be Henry Rivera, Partner, Wiley, Rein & Fielding, and former FCC Commissioner.

Spanish language translation service will be provided at both locations.

A live audio and video web cast of the hearing will be available at the FCC’s website at http://www.fcc.gov/realaudio/#oct3 on a first-come, first-served basis.