The FCC is moving away from administrative hearings to a more document-heavy approach to testimony and evidence when called for. That came in a report and order voted Friday (Sept. 11) and released Monday (Sept. 14) that codifies the use of a written hearing process. In the past, such hearings — program carriage disputes have periodically been designated for hearing — have featured live testimony before an administrative law judge (the FCC has only one of those), cross examination and a decision that is only a recommendation to the commission.
The Senate Commerce Committee has scheduled a hearing on the TV and video marketplace for June 5. The hearing is described as examining “how television programming and the delivery of video content have evolved over the past decade.”