We just returned from our annual trip to Washington DC and lucked out with some great spring weather and a glimpse of the cherry blossoms.
We spent the day on the Hill meeting with Congressmen Stephen Lynch, Bill Delahunt, Richard Neal, Jim McGovern and Ed Markey as well as Brian Rice, Senator John Kerry’s legislative aide on telecomm issues.
I was accompanied by Tom McAuliffe of WMRC AM, Bill Fine of WCVB TV, Bill Pepin of WWLP TV and Alex von Lichtenberg of WUNI/WUTF TV. On the agenda was Retransmission Consent, SHVERA (Satellite Home Viewer Extension and Reauthorization Act), the DTV Transition, the Proposed Localism Rulemaking, the WARN Act and the Performance Royalty Tax. As usual, we received a great deal of support from our delegation on a number of these issues.
Even though Congress was busy with budget hearings, they took time out to sit down with us and discuss a number of issues as well as the status of the broadcast industry and how Bay State stations are doing from a business standpoint. All in all, another successful trip to DC with continued great dialogue between your Association and our members of Congress.