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September 16, 2008

After a calling for a very important meeting, where minority broadcasters would have had the opportunity to voice their opinions on the importance of allowing Class A and Low-power TV stations the opportunity to have full-carriage rights on cable systems (Must Carry). Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner Martin suddenly cancelled the meeting due to political pressure or lack of interest from other Commissioners. Many interested parties were in route to Tennessee for this meeting when he canceled the meeting.

Following this flip-flop, Commissioner Martin created an impromptu reporter meeting and teleconference to state that he has not decided if the FCC has the right to investigate Arbitron’s PPM impact on minority broadcasters.

Industry insiders see once again the long arm of lobbyist placing incredible political pressure on Washington DC and the FCC.

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