Sep 22, 2006

FCC to decide soon on multicasting

The FCC will act soon on authorizing multicasting for digital radio, said Commissioner Jonathan Adelstein at the National Association of Broadcasters conference in Dallas. But talks about public interest obligations on the new channels are causing a holdup, Radio World reports.

Diefenbach will be CPB TV production grantmaker

Greg Diefenbach, a longtime executive producer at a major supplier of PBS programs, Devillier Donegan Enterprises, is CPB's new senior v.p. for TV programming. At DDE he oversaw the PBS world history series Empires ("great eras of struggle ... explosive creativity, ultimate depravity...") among 100 hours of programming. He succeeds Michael Pack, who returned to documentary production. Pack colleague John Prizer remains at CPB as an advisor to President Pat Harrison.