FCC takes cue from court

Minority hiring program under review, Kennard to make changes

WASHINGTON — FCC Chairman William Kennard told a group of black broadcasters Friday that his agency would rewrite its minority hiring regulations to bring them in compliance with a recent court decision.

On Thursday, Vice President Gore told the same group that the Justice Dept. is studying a possible appeal of that court ruling to the U.S. Supreme Court. Meanwhile, Kennard said, the Federal Communications Commission would continue to study minority hiring patterns in the broadcasting industry.

The D.C. Court of Appeals recently ruled that the FCC had failed to prove that its 30-year-old Equal Employment Opportunity regs serve the public interest. The EEO policies have been a fact of life for every TV station in the country since 1968, when the FCC began requiring that broadcasters demonstrate they have an active minority hiring program as a condition for renewing their licenses.

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