FCC Appointee's Position Draws Concern From Talk Radio
August 17, 2009 at 4:55 AM (PT)
LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE ON CIVIL RIGHTS VP/Strategic Initiatives MARK LLOYD's recent appointment as the FCC's Associate General Counsel and Chief Diversity Officer has drawn concern for reports he wrote in the past few years advocating ways to being "balance" to radio programming.
A FOX NEWS report last week noted that LLOYD, whole at the CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS, had authored a report called "The Structural Imbalance of Political Talk Radio" and a later essay, "Forget the Fairness Doctrine," in which LLOYD laid out a strategy that involved liberals filing complaints against conservative talk stations and policies of equal opportunity employment practices, local engagement, and license challenges to force "balance" without needing a reinstitution of the Fairness Doctrine.
He also proposed that stations which do not want to "be subject to local criticism of how they are meeting their license obligations" pay a fee to be distributed to public broadcasting.
The FCC declined comment on the story.