As expected, the Senate Commerce Committee's
Communications Subcommittee has officially announced it will hold a hearing on
retransmission consent Nov. 17.
Dubbed "Television Viewers, Retransmission
Consent, and the Public Interest," the hearing will be at 2:30 p.m. in the
Russell Senate Office Building.
The committee has not released a witness list, but
representatives from Fox and Cablevision are expected to be invited, as well as
from independent producers and possibly from the FCC.
Charles Segars, head of independent channel
Ovation, is expected to testify,
according to a source close to the executive.
The subcommittee is headed by John Kerry (D-Mass.), who proposed retrans
legislation in the wake of the Fox/Cablevision retrans impasse.