House panel pegs PEG witnesses


The Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet has announced the lineup of witnesses for its hearing on "Public, Educational and Government (PEG) Services in the Digital TV Age." It will no doubt come as a relief, and probably not much of a surprise, that broadcasters can generally give this event a wide berth. David L. Cohen of Comcast figures to be in the hot seat, along with Gail Torreano of AT&T Michigan. The witnesses effectively playing the role of plaintiffs figure to be Mayor John B. O’Reilly Jr. of Dearborn MI and Annie Folger of Midpenisula Community Media Center in Palo Alto CA.

RBR/TVBR observation: The DTV transition is on the agenda this same House subcommittee and the Senate Commerce Committee, on 2/13/08 and 2/14/08 respectively. There is nothing on the immediate horizon aimed directly at radio. And 99.9% of the time, the lack of a congressional hearing on the agenda is good news, so that is exactly how we suggest you radio people take this.