|For Immediate Release
April 29, 2010
Washington, D.C. – On Friday, April 30, 2010, NRB Senior Vice President and General Counsel Craig Parshall will give remarks to the FCC’s Future of Media workshop. Tomorrow’s discussion will focus on “Public and Other Noncommercial Media in the Digital Era,” and Parshall’s panel will focus on “Communications and Regulatory Policy.”
“Non-commercial broadcasters and media outlets, a vast number of them Christian ones, comprise a wealth of resources available to help the FCC’s Future of Media inquiry achieve its goal of increasing the quality, quantity and availability of news and information to the American public,” says Parshall. “Yet some mainstream rhetoric continues to characterize conservative Christianity as dangerous or ‘right-wing,’ providing a potent barrier to maintaining a healthy media environment in America.”
Parshall will counsel the FCC to avoid super-funding public broadcasting, and instead consider specific changes that would allow existing non-commercial broadcasters to flourish and fill any needed voids. “If Christian and secular media organizations will work together on the challenges faced by both,” says Parshall, “real progress can be made toward increasing not only the dissemination of information by media sources, but also Americans’ overall trust in media.”
FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will open Friday’s workshop. Steven Waldman, Senior Advisor to FCC Chairman Genachowski, and Ellen Goodman, Rutgers School of Law Professor and Distinguished Visiting Scholar for the FCC Future of Media Project, will co-moderate. In addition to NRB’s Craig Parshall, other panelists include: Luis Ubiñas, President, Ford Foundation (taped address); Ernest Wilson, Chair, Corporation for Public Broadcasting; Jose Luis Rodriguez, Founder & CEO, Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network; Vivian Schiller, President & CEO, NPR (via remote video); David Fanning, Executive Producer, Frontline; Bill Buzenberg, Executive Director, The Center for Public Integrity; Maxie Jackson III, President and CEO, National Federation of Community Broadcasters; Dean Baker, Co-Director, Center for Economic and Policy Research; Lee Bollinger, President, Columbia University; and Bill Cling, President & CEO, American Public Media, among others.
Click here to link to Parshall’s prepared remarks.
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