A Martin, a Baker, a testimony-maker (or two)


The Commerce Committees have lined up their DTV witnesses, and the two key government representatives will be doing double duty. The hearing today at the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet, and the one tomorrow at the Senate Commerce Committee, will both feature a first panel comprised of FCC Chairman Kevin Martin and Meredith Attwell Baker, who is the Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Communications and Information, NTIA (filling in for the recently departed John Kneuer).

The House hearing will move on to a seven member second panel including NAB’s David K. Rehr; NCTA’s Kyle McSlarrow; Ron Bruno of the Community Broadcasters Association; Echostar’s Mark Jackson; Tom Romeo of IBM; Laurence Harris of Radio Shack; and Chris Murray of the Consumers Union.

The Senate’s second panel also features Murray, who will be joined by just two others: Allan Horlick of WUSA9 Washington and Byron W. St. Clair of the National Translator Association.

TVBR/RBR observation: Both panels have representatives from the low power community, which means that the plight of Class A television stations, LPTVs and translators should get an airing out in both sessions.