FCC Official Agenda for Chicago ownership hearing

Posted by Mitchell - September 18, 2007 (entry 569)

September 17, 2007

FCC Announces Agenda for Public Hearing on Media Ownership in Chicago, Illinois

(NOTE: The information included in the previously released meeting agenda is supplemented in this notice.)

The Federal Communications Commission today announced further details of its previously announced Chicago, Illinois, field hearing regarding media ownership (see announcements dated July 19, 2007, and September 4, 2007).

As previously announced, the hearing date, time, and location are as follows:

Date: Thursday, September 20, 2007

Time: 4:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m.


Operation Push
National Headquarters
Dr. King's Workshop
930 East 50th Street
(corner of South Drexel Blvd.)
Chicago, Illinois 60615

The purpose of the hearing is to fully involve the public in the process of the 2006 Quadrennial Broadcast Media Ownership Review that the Commission is currently conducting. This hearing is the fifth in a series of six media ownership hearings the Commission intends to hold across the country.

The hearing is open to the public, and seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. The hearing format will enable members of the public to participate via "open microphone."

There will be two panels, each followed by a period for public comment.

Agenda and list of witnesses follows:

4:00 p.m. - Welcome/Opening Remarks

4:30 p.m. - Panel Discussion 1: Perspectives on Media Ownership

Charles Benton, Chairman, Benton Foundation
Karen Bond, Executive Director, National Black Coalition for Media Justice
Cynthia Canary, Director, Illinois Campaign for Political Reform
John Chadwick, Vice President, General Manager, WREX-TV (NBC), Rockford, Illinois
Melody Spann Cooper, General Manager, WVON(AM), Chicago, Illinois
Marv Dyson, Director of Operations, WKKC-FM, Kennedy-King College; Founding Partner, Urban Radio Broadcasting LLC
Tom Langmyer, Vice President and General Manager, WGN Radio, Chicago, Illinois
Dorothy Leavell, Publisher/Editor, The Chicago Crusader
Dennis Lyle, President and CEO, Illinois Broadcasters Association
Doug Nowakowski, International Representative, International Brotherhood of Teamsters
Silvia Rivera, General Manager, WRTE-FM, RadioArté
Dana Withers, President, Dana Communications, Inc., Benton, Illinois
5:30 p.m. - Public Comments

7:30 p.m. - Break

8:00 p.m. - Panel Discussion 2: Perspectives on Media Ownership

Linda Sue Brown, TV News Producer, WBBM-TV
Kristine Laudadio Devine, Juris Doctor Candidate, Class of 2008, Northwestern University School of Law
Cliff Kelley, Radio Show Host, WVON(AM), Chicago, Illinois
John Lavine, Dean, Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism
Joyce McCullough, Publisher, NewsTribune, LaSalle, Illinois,
and General Manager, WLPO(AM)/WAJK(FM), LaSalle, Illinois and WKOT(FM), Marseilles, Illinois
Milly Santiago, Former Reporter, WSNS-TV, Telemundo
Jim Speta, Professor, Northwestern University School of Law
Patric Verrone, President, Writers Guild America West

9:00 p.m. - Public Comments

11:00 p.m. - Wrap-Up/Adjournment

The moderator will be Louis Sigalos, Chief of the Consumer Affairs & Outreach Division, Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau, FCC

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