Hudson Institute looks at retransmission consent


Greg WaldenThe battle over MVPDs paying a fair price for broadcast content has been a hot topic in Washington for some time, and now it’s a topic of conversation at think tank Hudson Institute. One of its own will be a prominent participant – former FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell.

Introducing the session is one of broadcasting’s own – House Communications Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) (pictured), the former radio group owner. Walden will keynote the session and McDowell will moderate the ensuing panel discussion.

HI described the issue, saying, “Retransmission consent, and the legalities of carrying broadcast signals on cable and satellite systems, has become one of the most contentious current media policy issues. A panel of leading communications policy experts will discuss the state of the video marketplace; the status of intellectual property in that marketplace; current retransmission consent law; the advantages and pitfalls of possible legislative changes; the potential for related action by the FCC under its new chairman, Tom Wheeler; and much more.”

The panelists appearing with McDowell include:

* Stephen B. Pociask, President, American Consumer Institute Center for Citizen Research

* Jeffrey Eisenach, Visiting Scholar, American Enterprise Institute

* Gerard Waldron, Partner, Covington & Burling LLP

The session is scheduled of Wednesday 12/4/13 from 10AM-11:30AM eastern. The Hudson Institute is located in Washington DC.