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Media Institute Extends Public Interest Council

FOR RELEASE: February 23, 1999

Contact: Richard T. Kaplar
The Media Institute
703-243-5700

 

February 23, 1999

The Media Institute has extended the life of its Public Interest Council beyond the term of the Gore Commission. "We took this step," said Institute President Patrick D. Maines, "to be fully prepared in the event Congress or the FCC considers additional public interest obligations for broadcasters based upon the Gore Commission recommendations."

The Public Interest Council, or PIC, is a working group of communications attorneys and constitutional scholars that followed the activities of the presidential Advisory Committee on Public Interest Obligations of Digital Television Broadcasters, popularly known as the Gore Commission. That group submitted its final report to the vice president in December.

During the Gore Commission's term, the Public Interest Council released four issue papers on constitutional and policy questions raised by the Commission's deliberations. The PIC also issued statements and news releases, and wrote to President Clinton and the Commission's co-chairs critiquing the composition of the Commission and the direction of its work.

The Public Interest Council will continue to publish issue papers, release statements, and file comments with regulatory agencies, where and as appropriate. Members of the Public Interest Council include communications attorneys and constitutional scholars Robert Corn-Revere, Robert M. O'Neil, J. Laurent Scharff, and Laurence H. Winer.

The Public Interest Council is a Media Institute working group of constitutional scholars and communications attorneys created to follow the activities of the Gore Commission. Copies of the PIC statement and First Amendment analysis are available from The Media Institute by calling 202-298-7512.