WASHINGTON — A federal court here has rejected the Federal Communications Commission’s request to take another look at the agency’s affirmative action policies.
The court’s refusal means that an earlier decision stands. In that decision, the FCC’s policies to increase employment of women and minorities in broadcasting were essentially vacated.
“I am extremely disappointed that the D.C. Circuit denied our request for a rehearing,” said FCC chairman Bill Kennard, a tireless advocate for increased representation of minorities and women. Despite the court ruling, broadcasters were quick to reaffirm their commitment to the spirit of the FCC’s Equal Employment Opportunity policies. “Broadcasters are committed to diversity in the work force, and we are proud of our industry’s record. Despite the court’s decision, we encourage the industry to continue vigorously pursuing this goal,” said National Assn. of Broadcasters president Eddie Fritts.