One Day Away, The FCC Vote To Go On
December 17, 2007 at 7:06 AM (PT)
Despite a litany of Congressional admonitions to delay any action on media consolidation revisions, FCC Chairman KEVIN MARTIN will convene am open meeting tomorrow (TUESDAY 12/18), to vote on revising media ownership rules. In all likelihood, the revisions will pass by a 3-2 vote.
As predicted, the meeting will render a bill proposed by House and Senate: Commerce Committee members TRENT LOTT (R-MS) and BYRON DORGAN (D-ND), which would delay the meeting by 90 days, moot. Passage of the revisions, should it happen, will most certainly be challenged in the courts, and would add fuel to the fire of Rep. JOHN DINGELL, (D-MI.), the chairman of the House Commerce Committee, who has threatened to launch a probe of the FCC's recent actions.
As MEDIA DAILY NEWS reports, MARTIN came into the Chairman post pledging to reach consensus votes, yet he acknowledged during THURSDAY's Senate Conference Committee hearing that such a result is not in the cards here. "I am not convinced that we would ever reach a consensus on media ownership," he admitted. "I think it is just too politically divisive."