FCC Workshop Panel Discusses Minority Media Ownership
January 28, 2010 at 4:26 AM (PT)
At the FCC Media Bureau's workshop on minority media ownership, MINORITY MEDIA AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS COUNCIL's DAVID HONIG challenged the Commission to fix the "obscene" lack of minority owners in the media to act, contending that several potential fixes proposed to the FCC are "gathering dust" waiting for "years, and sometimes decades" for action. He asked the Commission to circulate the proposals and take a vote, and said the Commission should be urging Congress to reinstate tax certificates for minority ownership.
ROBERTS BROADCASTING's MICHAEL ROBERTS told the panel about the problems he had applying for new stations against companies claiming to be minority-owned, and ended up having to sell stations to fund moving into the digital telecommunications business. He voiced support for tax credits on programming and building costs and a moratorium on Commission fees for minority-owned stations to help stations survive the economic downturn.
Also participating in the panel were the MABUHAY ALLIANCE's FAITH BAUTISTA, who called for the Commission to require COMCAST to include a diversity plan as part of its takeover of NBC UNIVERSAL and for TARP funds to be used for loans to minority broadcasters, and AWRT Interim Pres. SYLVIA STROBEL, who discussed encouraging women to enter broadcast ownership.