Senate DTV Hearing to Include McSlarrow


National Cable & Telecommunications Association president Kyle McSlarrow is scheduled to testify Tuesday before the Senate Commerce Committee on issues and policies associated with broadcasters’ transition to digital transmission.

McSlarrow is slated to appear on a panel with National Association of Broadcasters president Edward Fritts and American Cable Association vice chairman Patrick Knorr. The hearing would represent McSlarrow's first appearance before a Senate panel since becoming NCTA chief in March.

Aides to Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska) are drafting legislation that won’t be unveiled in time for the hearing. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) has introduced a bill that would end the transition Dec. 31, 2008, tracking to some extent with a House draft bill supported by House Energy and Commerce Committee chairman Joe Barton (R-Texas).