/// Senate Dems Keep Heat on FCC in Clyburn Nomination Hearings

December 4, 2012  |  Media Week

Senate Dems threatened to pass a resolution of disapproval over the Federal Communications Commission’s media ownership rules, currently under circulation at the agency. The threat came from Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.) during today's renomination hearing of commissioner Mignon Clyburn. Cantwell was one of nine Senate Dems who sent a letter late last week to FCC chairman Julius Genachowski arguing that weakening the ownership rules would lead to a further decline in minority ownership. “The FCC might be headed for a resolution of disapproval if its goes down this route,” Cantwell told Clyburn. Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), who also signed the letter and questioned Clyburn about the direction of the FCC’s media ownership draft. Mentioning her newspaper experience, Clyburn told the Senators that at her request, the FCC opened up a comment period on the FCC’s broadcast minority report, which showed minority ownership at radio and TV stations was low. “Diversity and media are what I lived and breathed,” Clyburn said. Though Senate Dems took a hard line on the FCC’s media ownership rules, they were mostly sending a message to Genachowski

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