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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 29, 2005

FCC Commissioners To Take Public Testimony At UI On Media Consolidation

Three current and former members of the Federal Communications Commission will hold a town meeting in Iowa City to discuss the future of media, providing a rare opportunity for Iowans to participate directly in crafting public policy.

Commissioners Jonathan Adelstein and Michael Copps and former commissioner Nicholas Johnson will participate in the public forum on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. in Room C-20 in the Pomerantz Center. The Pomerantz Center is located at the corner of Market Street and the T. Anne Cleary Walkway, across from the John Pappajohn Business Building.

The forum, which is free and open to the public, will feature panel discussions on how media concentration affects local news and information. The forum will also include an open microphone session for the public to offer testimony on media issues. All testimony will be recorded and submitted to the FCC and Iowa's elected officials.

Copps has been a commissioner since 2001, Adelstein since 2004. Johnson was on the FCC from 1967-1973 and now teaches in the University of Iowa College of Law.

"The public has been left out of the decision-making process on media policy for far too long," said Josh Silver, executive director of Free Press, a national, nonpartisan media policy group that has helped organize previous hearings in Albuquerque, N.M, Portland, Ore., Dearborn, Mich., and St. Paul, Minn. "Media consolidation and the accompanying quest for higher profits come at the expense of investigative journalism, quality entertainment and meaningful political debate. This forum will give Iowans a chance to voice their concerns to the FCC."

The Iowa City meeting is being organized by Free Press and the University of Iowa Lecture Committee in partnership with many local organizations, including Iowans for Better Local Television, FAIR!, Progressive Action for the Common Good, Iowa City Federation of Labor, SEIU Local 199, Johnson County Democracy for America, Iowa Civil Rights Commission, Iowa Civil Liberties Union, Linn County InterReligious Council, American Federation of Teachers Local 716, AFSCME Local 12, League of Rural Voters, Iowa City GLBT Pride Committee, Quad Cities Interfaith, Iowa City Public Access Television, Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO, Johnson County League of Women Voters and ICAN.

NOTE TO EDITORS: Commissioners Copps and Adelstein will be available for media interviews on Wednesday, Oct. 5, before the start of the public forum. If you plan to attend the session, please contact Tom Snee at 319-384-0010, or via email at tom-snee@uiowa.edu.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

MEDIA CONTACT: Tom Snee, 319-384-0010, tom-snee@uiowa.edu.