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Biz shrugs off D.C. panel

WASHINGTON — A Senate subcommittee which usually occupies its time by overseeing the crisis-ridden local government in D.C. is holding its second hearing on the crisis in television programming.

The focus of Thursday’s subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management and the District of Columbia hearing will be on the sexual content of television. Although major trade group reps and network honchos were invited to the hearing, all turned down the offer, according to one Capitol Hill source.

The subcommittee is considering a bill called the Television Program Improvement Act. The bill would give broadcasters an antitrust exemption that would allow networks to agree among themselves to set aside the 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. hour for family-friendly viewing. Broadcasters say they neither need or want the exemption.

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