Digital duties stump panel

Diller, Moonves attend Tuesday meeting

WASHINGTON — After months of deliberations, a blue-ribbon panel has failed to reach any agreement about broadcasters’ duties in the digital age.

The report of the so-called Gore Commission is expected to call for some kind of minimum standard of public interest duties. However, broadcasters are resisting efforts to create detailed standards, claiming existing rules should be extended to the digital domain.

President Clinton has asked the panel (which includes TV execs and public interest advocates) to find ways in which broadcasters can provide some kind of public good, in return for the billions of dollars worth of spectrum they are receiving to launch digital service.

Tuesday’s meeting near Washington included USA Networks CEO-chairman Barry Diller and CBS Entertainment president Leslie Moonves.

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