As expected, Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio) has been named ranking member of the House Communications Subcommittee. Latta had chaired the subcommittee, but the gavels traveled to the Democrats for the new Congress following the midterm elections.
Terri Lynn Bush is promoted to associate counsel and SVP of human resources while Charles W. Pautsch is named associate counsel and VP of labor and employment relations.
As expected, Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.) has switched places with Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) and will head the Senate Commerce Committee’s Communications Subcommittee in the new Congress. Wicker is succeeding Thune as chair of the Commerce Committee — Thune has been named minority whip and the rules prevent him from holding the chairmanship and the “whipping” post, as it were.
The FCC has proposed eliminating the requirement that certain television and radio stations file a Broadcast Mid-Term EEO Report (Form 397).
As expected, Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.) has been tapped to head the powerful Senate Commerce Committee, which has primary oversight of communications issues and the FCC. Wicker succeeds Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), who has been named majority whip for the new Congress.
The effect of the government shutdown is now becoming clear — and it has the potential to put on hold a number of the FCC deadlines, including the filing of Quarterly Children’s Television Reports due on January 10 and the uploading of Quarterly Issues Programs lists, due to be added to station’s public inspection files on January 10. The FCC-hosted public inspection file database is offline, so those Quarterly Issues Programs lists can’t be uploaded unless the budget impasse is resolved this week. And there’s more.
Sumner Redstone has reached a settlement with his former companion Manuela Herzer, ending a three-year legal battle just days before a second trial over his estate plans was set to begin. Herzer will pay Redstone $3.25 million and agrees she has no say in decisions concerning him.