FCC hearings come to Tampa Monday04/27/07 Mitch E. Perry
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FCC Commissioners are coming to the Tampa Bay Performing Arts Center on Monday afternoon for an official FCC hearing on media ownership. The FCC is currently considering changes to media ownership rules, that could allow large media companies to buy even more local outlets than is currently the case. The government agency tried to do so 4 years ago – but there was a powerful response across the political spectrum to fight the changes. Ultimately, the move by then FCC head Michael Powell was knocked down in the Courts. The FCC is holding 6 such meetings across the country. The Tampa event on Monday will be the 4th held so far. One of the 2 Democrats on the Commission, Michael Copps, discussed what is going on when speaking with WMNF’s Rob Lorei on Thursday (roll tape#1 o.q.”guidelines any more”) Among the panelists who will speak on Monday include La Gaceta Publisher Patrick Mantiega, Eric Klinenberg, who has just written a new book on controlling America’s media, and former Fox 13 investigative reporter Steve Wilson. Media activists have been trying to get the word about Monday event for weeks. Jenn Howard is with Free Press, a media reform organization based in Washington. She said its critical for people to come out and make their voice heard on Monday(roll tape#2 o.q.” ownership limits”)
WMNF is sponsoring a Pre-FCC hearing workshop tomorrow morning at 10 AM. Again, Free Press’ Jenn Howard (roll tape#3 o.q.”to that commission”) Again, that workshop for those interested in attending the FCC meeting will take place at WMNF at 10AM…The station is located at 1210 East Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd in Tampa.