Disney prexy to lobby FCC

Disney prexy Rich Frank has scheduled visits to the Federal Communications Commission today to lobby for a relaxation of the primetime access rule.

Sources said Frank will meet with Reed Hundt, the new FCC chairman, and commissioner James Quello.

It was unclear whether Frank would meet with Andrew Barrett, the third FCC commish. Frank will be accompanied by D.C. lawyer Richard Wiley, a former FCC chairman who now counts Disney among his clients.

Frank has waged a long battle to convince the FCC to modify PTAR, the 20 -year-old rule that requires network affiliates in the top 50 markets to set aside an hour of primetime for non-network shows. The rule has spurred the development of a number of successful firstrun syndication firms, most notably King World.

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