FCC Sets Diversity Committee Meeting, Members
April 23, 2009 at 5:11 AM (PT)
FCC Acting Chairman MICHAEL COPPS announced that the Commission’s Advisory Committee on Diversity for Communications in the Digital Age will convene for a meeting on MAY 7th. The members of the committee are:
HENRY RIVERA, EMMA BOWEN FOUNDATION FOR MINORITY INTERESTS IN MEDIA (Chairperson)
RAUL ALARCON, JR., SPANISH BROADCASTING SYSTEM
JENNY ALONZO, MIO.TV
JAMES M. ASSEY, JR., NATIONAL CABLE TELEVISION ASSOCIATION
GEOFFREY C. BLACKWELL, CHICKASAW NATION INDUSTRIES, INC.
MATTHEW BLANK, SHOWTIME NETWORKS
MARIA E. BRENNAN, AMERICAN WOMEN IN RADIO AND TELEVISION
KATHY BROWN, VERIZON
TONI COOK BUSH, VIRGIN MOBILE
ALAN B. DAVIDSON, GOOGLE, INC.
RALPH DE LA VEGA, AT&T MOBILITY AND CONSUMER MARKETS
STEVE HILLARD, COUNCIL TREE COMMUNICATIONS
DAVID HONIG, MINORITY MEDIA AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL
RODNEY HOOD, NATIONAL CREDIT UNION ADMINISTRATION
RONALD JOHNSON, RONSON NETWORK SERVICES
DEBRA LEE, BET HOLDINGS, INC.
JANE MAGO, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS
ROBERT MENDEZ, ABC TELEVISION NETWORK
MARC H. MORIAL, NATIONAL URBAN LEAGUE
KAREN K. NARASAKI, ASIAN AMERICAN JUSTICE CENTER
MELISSA NEWMAN, QWEST
JAKE OLIVER, AFRO-AMERICAN NEWSPAPERS
SUSAN K. PATRICK, PATRICK COMMUNICATIONS
LISA PICKRUM, THE RLJ COMPANIES
REY RAMSEY, ONE ECONOMY CORPORATION
MICHAEL V. ROBERTS, ROBERTS BROADCASTING COMPANIES LLC
ANDREW SCHWARTZMAN, MEDIA ACCESS PROJECT
ANITA STEPHENS GRAHAM, OPPORTUNITY CAPITAL PARTNERS
DIANE SUTTER, SHOOTING STAR BROADCASTING
CHARLES WARFIELD, INNER CITY BROADCASTING
JAMES WINSTON, NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK OWNED BROADCASTERS
"I am extremely pleased to announce the membership of this vital Advisory Committee," COPPS said, "which will provide an important and independent voice for strengthening our commitment to diversity. The sad truth is that the diversity of this great nation is not reflected in the ownership of its media and telecommunications facilities. The time has come to chart a new course, to roll up our sleeves and get to work to craft sustainable solutions.
"I would like the Committee to convene as quickly as possible and, along with whatever priorities it has, to take up two issues that I believe warrant immediate attention: (1) recommendations regarding the state of past Commission ADARAND studies and the nature, scope and methodology of any additional studies or updates that are necessary; and (2) recommendations on a 'full file review' process that the FCC can implement on an interim basis and that builds on the work done by the prior Diversity Committee."