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Meeting
Decency in the Media, Morning
Commerce, Science and Transportation
Washington, District of Columbia (United States)
ID: 190092 - 11/29/2005 - 3:06 - $39.95

Inouye, Daniel K.U.S. Senator, D-HI
Stevens, TedU.S. Senator, R-AK
Rockefeller, John D. "Jay" IVU.S. Senator, D-WV
Wyden, Ronald LeeU.S. Senator, D-OR
Padden, PrestonExecutive Vice President, Walt Disney Company
Combs, RobertaPresident, Christian Coalition
Pryor, MarkU.S. Senator, D, Arkansas
Bozell III, L. BrentPresident, Parents Television Council
Valenti, JackChairman and CEO, Motion Picture Association of America
Fawcett, DanExecutive Vice President, DirecTV, Business and Legal Affairs
Largent, StevePresident and CEO, Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Assn.
Kinney, DavidChief Executive Officer, PSV Ratings, Inc.
Bailey, BillSenior Vice President, XM Satellite Radio, Regulatory and Government Affairs
Pantoliano, JoeCo-President, Creative Coalition
Moskowitz, David K.Executive Vice President, Echostar Satellite, Business and Legal Affairs
Lowenstein, DougPresident, Entertainment Software Association
Franks, MartinExecutive Vice President, CBS
Wurtzel, AlanChief Executive, NBC, Broadcast Standards and Practices
Steyer, JamesChief Executive Officer, Common Sense Media
Dyke, JimExecutive Director, TV Watch
Fager, LisaCo-Founder, Industry Ears
Carpenter, Thomas R.National Director, American Fedn. of TV & Radio Artists, News and Broadcast
Reese, Bruce T.Chairman, National Association of Broadcasters, Board of Directors
Wright, FrankPresident, National Religious Broadcasters
Merlis, EdwardSenior Vice President, U.S. Telephone Association, Government Affairs
Marventano, Jessica A.Senior Vice President, Clear Channel Communications, Government Affairs
Martin, Kevin J.Chairman, Federal Communications Commission
McSlarrow, Kyle E.President and CEO, National Cable and Telecommunications Association
Bartlett, LeeExecutive Vice President, FOX Entertainment Group, Business Development and Strategy
Polka, MattPresident and CEO, American Cable Association
Casoria, JohnPresident, Trinity Broadcasting Network


In the morning session of a day-long forum, representatives from a variety of interests including the cable industry, broadcasters, government agencies, television ratings services, and special interest groups talked about decency in the media and entertainment industries at an event organized as an open forum and organized by the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee. Participants focused on regulation of content in various forms of media broadcasts, the use of ratings systems and voluntary guidelines for decency, the role of the Federal Communication Commission, and free speech issues.

Some participants specifically addressed guidelines and enforcement of the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB) rating system for video games, time delays used by television networks to screen live airings, and the application of more universal guidelines for all forms of media.