03.18.2004 12:00 AM
NAB Announces Panelists for 'Press-Free' Responsible Programming Summit
In the wake of a tsunami-sized reaction to the split-second exposure of Janet Jackson's breast during the Super Bowl, the NAB has organized a gathering of people in and around the television industry to discuss program content. Radio and television broadcast executives, regulators, union and talent representatives, and a variety of media critics will converge on Washington, D.C. on March 31, at the invitation of the NAB.

The summit will be held at the Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th St. NW, Washington,
D.C., with check-in starting at 7 a.m., and programs running from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Invitations were extended to all broadcasters, according to the NAB. Pre-registration is required and is complimentary.

Panelists and speakers confirmed to date include FCC Chairman Michael Powell and Commissioners Michael Copps and Kevin Martin; Fox Networks Group President and CEO Tony Vinciquerra; ABC Television Network President Alex Wallau; Enterprises talent agent Bob Eatman; AFTRA National Executive Director Greg Hessinger; United States Conference of Catholic Bishops Director of Communications Reverend Monsignor Francis J. Maniscalco; "Media Mom" columnist for the Chicago Tribune, Nell Minow; Kaiser Family Foundation Vice President Vicky Rideout; Parents Television Council President Brent Bozell; Emmis Communications Radio Division President Rick Cummings; Hubbard Radio President Ginny Morris.

Panel moderators include WJLA-TV Washington, D.C. News Anchor Kathleen Matthews; Syracuse University Center for the Study of Popular Television Founding Director Robert Thompson; WFMP-FM St. Paul, Minn. Radio Talk Host Ian Punnett and WMAL-AM Washington, D.C. radio host, Chris Core.

"In order to encourage open and candid dialogue, the summit will be closed to
the news media," the NAB stated.

Details on the summit are available at:
www.nab.org/Meetings/ResponsibleProgrammingSummit/default.asp


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