House Dems Teeing Up Media Diversity Legislation

Broadcasting & Cable

The House Communications Subcommittee will hold a hearing Jan. 15 on bills aimed at promoting media diversity.

Democrats leading the committee say it is because the FCC has fallen down on the job of promoting that public interest goal.

“For too long we have discussed and acknowledged the fact that ownership of this country’s media outlets does not reflect the diversity of America. The data paints a depressing story when it comes to media ownership by women and people of color,” said House Energy & Commerce chairman Frank Pallone (D-N.J.) and Subcommittee chairman Mike Doyle (D-Pa.). “Since the Federal Communications Commission isn’t doing enough to advance media diversity, Congress must. We’re holding this hearing to consider legislation that would ensure our media laws reflect the great diversity of this nation.”

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