Followup on FCC Workshop

Followup on FCC Workshop

RFD-TV Founder and President Patrick Gottsch RFD-TV Founder and President Patrick Gottsch

April 26, 2016

NASHVILLE, Tenn (RFD-TV) RFD-TV president and founder Patrick Gottsch was among 11 executives from minority and independent media companies who were invited by the FCC to participate in yesterday’s workshop on competition, diversity and innovation in the video marketplace.

FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn, as part of her opening remarks at the beginning of the workshop, had the following to say: “Many describe our current era as the golden age of television. We have access to a myriad of programming from a variety of platforms including broadcast, cable and online streaming services. Still, when it comes to finding independent and diverse programming, I often hear the options are too few.”

RFD-TV’s Janet Adkison spoke with Mr. Gottsch following the workshop to get his take on the event and what to expect next regarding possible intervention by the FCC into the cable TV marketplace on behalf of independent programmers. “The FCC has all the information that they’re going to gather up. . . . There’s about a 60 day period where they will analyze all the information, and then they’ll make a decision one way or another. . . . If the FCC can do something, they’re going to do something, and they’re going to do it now. If not, I don’t know what else we can do.”

RFD-TV was invited to participate in the workshop because of the thousands of letters our viewers wrote to the FCC in support of our channel. The RFD-TV family thanks all of you for your continued support.

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