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Media Bureau Announces Media Ownership Workshop on Financial Issues

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Released: December 18, 2009

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December 18, 2009
Janice Wise, 202-418-8165




(MB DOCKET NO. 09-182)
Washington, D.C.: The Media Bureau today announced it will hold its next media ownership
workshop on January 12, 2010 at 9:00 a.m. in the Commission Meeting Room as part of the
Commission’s 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 Commission’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
The forum will consist of two panels. The first will be comprised 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
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
Open captioning of the forum will be provided. Other reasonable accommodations for people
with disabilities are available upon request. Include a description of the accommodation you will

need. Also include a way we can contact you if we need more information. Last-minute
requests will be accepted, but may not be possible to fill. Send an e-mail to or
call the Consumer & Governmental Affairs Bureau at 202-418-0530 (voice), 202-418-0432 (tty).
For further information, contact Mania Baghdadi or Amy Brett, Industry Analysis Division, Media
Bureau (202) 418-2330. Media Bureau press contact: Janice Wise (202) 418-8165.

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