POWER SHIFTS IN THE HOUSE

By: Todd Shields

Telecommunications Subcommittee Gets New Chair


Powerful posts that can affect the newspaper industry are
changing hands in Washington. Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich., is the
new chair of the House of Representatives’ Telecommunications
Subcommittee.

The eight-term representative was selected by the chairman of the
Energy and Commerce Committee, Rep. Billy Tauzin, R-La.

Newspaper executives hope Congress will help end the ban on
common ownership of newspapers and broadcast stations in the same
market. A defender of the ban, Federal Communications Commission
Chairman William Kennard, said his final day in office would be
last Friday.



Todd Shields (tshields@editorandpublisher.com) is the Washington editor for E&P.



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