Senate Commerce Schedules Retrans Hearing

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As expected, the Senate Commerce Committee's Communications Subcommittee has officially announced it will hold a hearing on retransmission consent Nov. 17.

Dubbed "Television Viewers, Retransmission Consent, and the Public Interest," the hearing will be at 2:30 p.m. in the Russell Senate Office Building.

The committee has not released a witness list, but representatives from Fox and Cablevision are expected to be invited, as well as from independent producers and possibly from the FCC.

Charles Segars, head of independent channel Ovation, is expected to testify, according to a source close to the executive.

The subcommittee is headed by John Kerry (D-Mass.), who proposed retrans legislation in the wake of the Fox/Cablevision retrans impasse.

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