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Translation of the Latest FCC Ownership Rule

On October 30, 2009, in response to a request by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the FCC published a final version of a rule titled "Promoting Diversification of Ownership in the Broadcasting Services" which changed the biennial reporting requirements for broadcast licensees.

Under the rule, station owners would have to report "non-attributable interests" in other broadcast stations every two years. An attributable interest in a company owning a broadcast station, is one that counts in determining whether the party can, under the FCC's multiple ownership rules, own an interest in another station in the same market. The FCC has extensive case law describing when an interest is non-attributable and does not count in a multiple ownership review. In most cases, a non-attributable interest is one that does not hold voting rights on most company decisions.

After the request by the NAB, the FCC removed the requirement that financial interests that could be attributable to those who own less than 50% of a broadcast station be reported.

However, they retained the requirement that sole-proprietors of broadcast stations report their non-attributable financial interests in other broadcast stations.

The effect of this rule is to require any person owning a majority of a broadcast station or ownership company to disclose their non-voting ownership interests in other broadcast stations in the same market area.

Additionally, the FCC released two final rules on the same day that are part of the compliance process under the Paperwork Reduction Act, obtaining the proper permissions from the Office of Management and Budget to alter the interest reporting form.

The motivation behind this rule seems to be the easing of the internal process for multiple ownership reviews.

FCC Muzzles ‘Diversity Czar’ from Press Inquiries

CNS News reported in an article on 6 October that the FCC shut down questioning of its "Diversity Czar" Mark Lloyd by a CNS reporter. This happened at a public event with press invited, conducted by the FCC. Questions about influences on Lloyd’s relationship to Saul Alinsky and other radical sources were cut off by an FCC employee on the grounds that "the FCC does not allow its staff members to be interviewed about themselves or their views, past or present, because it might compromise their ability to make recommendation to policymakers" according to FCC Communications Director David Fiske.

This goes to the heart of the problem with most of the Administration’s various czars. A minority are Senate confirmed, so at least those czars answered questions under oath about their influences and policies. What the FCC is saying here is that most of the czars will not even answers from the press. So there is no review at all of the background and attitudes of czars like Mark Lloyd.

Story on the Internet:

Seton Motley: FCC's Genachowski Agreed to Have Diversity Czar Lloyd Appear Before Congress. When Will That Be, Mr. Chairman?

This story originally appeared on NewsBusters on October 6, 2009.

The news wing of the Media Research Center,, yesterday reported that the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) refused their request for an interview with Chief Diversity Officer Mark Lloyd about his tremendously disturbing First Amendment and communications policy views.

(Not to mention his affinity and admiration for Venezuelan dictatorial thug Hugo Chavez and his demand that "white people" "step down" "so someone else can have power.")

These are views which certainly deserve additional explanation from the man himself. We have analyzed his record at great length, but all of it from the outside looking in. Some direct questions to - and answers from - Mr. Lloyd would be most helpful.

The FCC told CNSNews that it's their policy not to make staffers available to the media. And that is in fact fine; the FCC said its Commissioners are the front line officials and they themselves speak to the media, not those who work for them.

But Congress - and Congressional oversight - is a different story. And Congressman Greg Walden of Oregon agrees. So too does FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. During a September 17 convening of the Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, Congressman Walden - who is on said Subcommittee - asked Genachowski if Lloyd would be made available for questions. (Video Below)

Genachowski said that he would. But thus far, he has not yet set the date. It is time that he do so.

Lloyd has a long and troubling track record of virulent opposition to the First Amendment, particularly as it pertains to the rights of conservative and Christian talk radio hosts and stations. It is time he discuss his views with someone besides fellow Leftist Fellows at liberal think tanks and on Socialist media "reform" panels.

Chairman Genachowski, it's time to make this hearing happen. Soon.

RedState: On Julius Genachowski and Net Neutrality

On September 25, Neil Stevens wrote about FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's speech to the Brookings Institution on Net Neutrality.

Said Stevens:

Further, Genachowski attacks the fundamental right of property owners to control their property when he says this. He openly acknowledges that he wants the FCC to have an active role in resolving “network management disagreements,” in which outsiders can complain to the FCC about a private computer network’s configuration. Presumably the FCC would then grant itself the power to compel holders of networks to change such configurations on demand. Why else demand transparency if not to start making changes?
Read the entire post.

Amanda Carpenter: 'Diversity czar' Takes Heat Over Remarks

On September 23, Washington Times reporter Amanda Carpenter wrote about "Diversity Czar" Mark Lloyd's comments lauding Hugo Chavez and suggesting that white leaders step aside so minorities could take those positions.

Wrote Carpenter:

In one of his more eye-opening comments, Mr. Lloyd praised Mr. Chavez during a June 2008 conference on media reform, saying the authoritarian Venezuelan president had led "really an incredible revolution - a democratic revolution."

In a video clip of the conference that has been aired by Fox News personality Glenn Beck and others, Mr. Lloyd seems be siding with the anti-American leader against independent media outlets in his own country, some of which supported a short-lived coup against Mr. Chavez in 2002.

"The property owners and the folks who then controlled the media in Venezuela rebelled - worked, frankly, with folks here in the U.S. government - worked to oust him," Mr. Lloyd said. "But he came back with another revolution, and then Chavez began to take very seriously the media in his country."
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