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FCC to hold second official public hearing on media ownership issues in Nashville, TN


Federal Communications Commission LogoThe FCC has announced that the second official public hearing on media ownership issues will be held in Nashville, Tn.

Date: Monday, Dec. 11, 2006
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Location: Belmont University
    Massey Performing Arts Center
    Massey Concert Hall
    1900 Belmont Blvd
    Nashville, Tenn.
    Belmont Campus Map and Directions

Further details, including the full schedule and panelists, will be posted as they are available.

The hearing will feature two panels with oppportunities for public comment after each. The first panel will focus on issues related to the music recording community. The second panel will focus on local Nashville broadcasting and independent programming.

There are free public workshops available if you would like to learn more about the process and prepare testimony to present at the hearing.

Wednesday, Dec. 6th, 7p.m.
Film Screening: Before the Music Dies
The Belcourt Theatre
2102 Belcourt Avenue
Contact: Hannah Sassaman: 267-970-4007

Thursday, Dec. 7th, 7:30p.m.
Nashville Peace and Justice Center
1016 18th Ave S
Contact: Amanda Ballantyne: 612-849-0195

Saturday, Dec. 9th, 2p.m.
Nashville Peace and Justice Center
1016 18th Ave S
Contact: Amanda Ballantyne: 612-849-0195

All five FCC Commissioners are expected to attend this public hearing, one of the public’s few chances to speak out against Big Media before FCC Chairman Kevin Martin moves to lift the last significant limits to runaway media consolidation.

Martin has promised to “hold public hearings in diverse locations around the country to fully involve the American people” in the FCC’s review of media ownership rules. The Nashville event will be the second of “half a dozen” proposed hearings.

At the first official hearing, held in Los Angeles, more than 1,000 members of the public attended and overwhelming expressed their opposition to any rule changes that would let Big Media companies swallow up more local outlets.

Tennessee is the home state of FCC Commissioner Deborah Taylor Tate. Let’s make sure she and the rest of the commissioners hear loudly from the Mid-South.

This is a press release by Free Press, a national, nonpartisan organization working to reform the media and involve the public in media policymaking. Through education, organizing and advocacy, we promote diverse and independent media ownership, strong public media, and universal, affordable access to communications. Learn more»

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    Bill Larson

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