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Tuesday, April 8 • 1:15pm - 2:30pm
The Retransmission Consent Wars – Any Peace Signs, or Just Escalation?

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TV broadcasters’ retransmission consent option for cable carriage has been in the law for over two decades. But, in recent years we’ve seen highly publicized “games of chicken” waged between station owners and multichannel video providers. The frequent result has been a standoff lasting as long as a month, resulting in viewers being unable to access broadcast programming from one warring party over the multichannel system of another in the battle. Broadcasters, cable operators and satellite providers are adopting strategies and arguments to help advance their respective interests, with government regulators and the public giving close attention to the wars and the skirmishes. Now many in Congress want to enact retransmission consent reform. Some proposals would give the FCC the power to end the blackouts. Other proposals are more far-reaching. Hear all sides in an informative session featuring policy experts and representatives of those in the battles.
Moderator: Dom Caristi, Ball State University
Panelists: Patrick Parsons, Pennsylvania State University
Peter Tannenwald, Esq., Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, PLC
Marci Burdick, Senior Vice President, Schurz Communications, Inc.
Rebecca Duke, Lin Media

Tuesday April 8, 2014 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Pavilion 11

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