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September 15, 1998

Statement from FCC Chairman William E. Kennard
on Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod v. FCC

I am extremely disappointed that the D.C. Circuit denied our request for rehearing, although I am heartened that four judges would have granted our rehearing petition. The Commission's EEO rule has played a major role in ensuring that minorities and women can fully participate in broadcasting, to the overall benefit of the American people. I remain committed to furthering that critical public interest goal. While considering whether to seek further review, I intend to present a proposal to the Commission in the near future to revise our EEO rule in a way that will address the Court's concerns and ensure a level playing field so that all Americans have the opportunity to participate in broadcasting.

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