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Federal Communications Commission
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Washington, D.C. 20554
News media information 202 / 418-0500
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This is an unofficial announcement of Commission action. Release of the full text of a Commission order constitutes official action. See MCI v. FCC. 515 F 2d 385 (D.C. Circ 1974).

November 29, 1999
Linda Paris: (202) 418-0500

Statement of FCC Chairman William E. Kennard
Regarding the NAACP Public Hearing
on Diversity in Network Television

I applaud the NAACP for prompting a national dialogue about shattering the glass ceiling in television. For too long, women and minorities have faced barriers to working in front of and behind the camera. Our nation benefits when television better reflects the diverse market it serves.

In two weeks, the FCC will consider new EEO rules to widen the circle of opportunities in the broadcast industry. I am committed to ensuring that all Americans are aware of the enormous job possibilities in television and that they have a chance to participate.

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