Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 3:40am
JAMES QUELLO AND THE BROADCAST LOBBY
[SOURCE: Digital Destiny, AUTHOR: Jeff Chester]
[Commentary] Former FCC Commissioner James Quello has always been a key part of the broadcast lobbyâ€™s political support structure. The long-serving (23 years) commissioner made sure his votes aided his profession -- broadcasting. Mr. Quello never stops working to help out his media industry brethren -- including his latest lobbying missive in this weekâ€™s Broadcasting and Cable magazine. Quello urges that broadcasters should be freed from any regulation (what little thereâ€™s left, that is, thanks to Quello and others). â€œLet Broadcasters Be Free,â€ he proclaims. No rules ensuring diversity of ownership, childrenâ€™s educational programming, or local accountability are needed. We have the Internet, Quello assure us. Public interest policies can now be jettisoned. But Mr. Quello neglects to disclose in the piece that he is working at the number one lobbying shop for broadcasters: Wiley, Rein, and Fielding. In his piece, he lists his affiliations as â€œan independent government relations consultant.â€ But Quelloâ€™s been at the Wiley shop since 2001. The Wiley firm (headed by the former FCC chair and super-lobbyist Dick Wiley) has represented such broadcast heavyweights as Belo, Gannett, National Association of Broadcasters, Time Warner, Clear Channel, and CBS (and many others). Mr. Quelloâ€™s op-ed is especially meant for Chairman Kevin Martin and the GOP majority. Itâ€™s supposed to convey that a person with such long FCC and industry experience -- Mr. Quello -- is giving a high sign to Martinâ€™s plan to scuttle media ownership rules.
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