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Broadcast executives to discuss responsible programming

The pressing issue of responsible programming will be front and center during the NAB2005 session, "Come Together, Right Now! Broadcaster Town Meeting on Indecency & Responsible Programming."

CNN's Jeff Greenfield will moderate the Tuesday, April 19 session. The session includes:

  • David Barrett, president/CEO, Hearst-Argyle Television;
  • Gary Chapman, chairman/president/CEO, LIN Television;
  • David Kennedy, president/CEO, Susquehanna Media;
  • Mark Mays, president/COO, Clear Channel Worldwide;
  • Jeff Smulyan, chairman/CEO, Emmis Communications;
  • Tony Vinciquerra, president/CEO, FOX Networks Group;
  • Vicky Rideout, vice president of the Kaiser Family Foundation.

The discussion will illuminate the need for responsible programming and provide a town hall style forum to identify issues and alternatives to government regulation of program content. Among other things, panelists are expected to discuss voluntary initiatives taken by their respective companies in response to indecency concerns.

The issue of responsible programming and indecency took on a new urgency last week as Congressman James Sensenbrenner, (R-WI) told those attending the National Cable & Telecommunications Association conference that criminal prosecution should be considered as a means of enforcing prohibitions on broadcast indecency.

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