Genachowski, McDowell Talk To NABOB
September 28, 2009 at 4:42 AM (PT)
FCC Chairman JULIUS GENACHOWSKI told the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK-OWNED BROADCASTERS conference FRIDAY that the Commission is looking into the problem of a lack of minority and female ownership of media outlets, but noted that "the Commission lacks good data on the subject" and continues to review the issue.
GENACHOWSKI also discussed the PPM and objections to the methodology from minority-owned stations, noting that "the Commission's authority over the core issue is somewhat limited," but that the FCC is "still reviewing the record" and that GENACHOWSKI "will be asking the Media Bureau to pull together a roundtable with different stakeholders in this debate in the near future to try to reach greater understanding and perhaps resolution of issues in disagreement."
Commissioner ROBERT MCDOWELL also spoke to NABOB, discussing "no Urban/no Spanish" media buying dictates and the problem of access by minority and female buyers to capital, saying that he is interested in addressing that problem with a tax certificate program and adding, "we all need to ask why such legislation has not yet reached the President's desk."