The Media Bureau next workshop will focus on the financial and economic conditions of the media industry and how the FCC should take these into account as it conducts its media ownership rules review.
The FCC’s Media Bureau today announced it will hold its next media ownership workshop on Jan. 12, 2010, at 9 a.m. as part of the FCC 2010 quadrennial review proceeding.
The workshop will focus on the current financial and economic conditions and marketplace factors affecting the media industry and how the FCC should take these into account as it conducts its review process.
Specifically, the forum will examine whether:
- The media ownership rules affect the financial health of broadcasters.
- Lending or investing institutions consider the rules in their funding practices.
- Economic changes affecting the media marketplace are cyclical or permanent.
- There is a need to balance financial conditions in the media industry with other policy goals when conducting the FCC’s ownership review and, if so, how that should be done.
The workshop will also explore how new media are affecting broadcasters, the lending and investment practices in traditional media and how market size affects financial issues related to broadcasting.
The forum will consist of two panels. The first will be composed of smaller broadcasters, or broadcasters that compete in smaller markets, and representatives of financial institutions that serve them.
The second panel, consisting of larger broadcasters or broadcasters that compete in the larger markets, will also include representatives from financial institutions that serve these broadcasters.
Public participation at the workshop is encouraged. For those who cannot attend in person, audio/video coverage will be broadcast live over the Internet from the FCC Live Web page at www.fcc.gov/live.