FCC Creates Media-Security Panel


The Federal Communications Commission Thursday announced the creation of an
industry advisory panel intended to study the security of cable, broadcasting
and satellite facilities in the event of another Sept. 11 terrorist attack.

Tribune Co. president and chief operating officer Dennis J. FitzSimons will
serve as panel chairman for an unspecified period of time.

The panel is expected to include between 30 and 40 members, but FCC spokesman
David Fiske said no other names were available.

The panel is an outgrowth of last September's terrorist attacks on New York,
when two commercial jets crashed into two World Trade Center buildings and
caused their collapse. The towers had been antenna sites for several city

Some stations that lost antennas were hardwired into area cable systems and
continued to be viewed by cable consumers.

A senior FCC official said the agency had no plans to require TV stations to
build direct wireline links from the their stations to area cable