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FCC Nominees’ Hold Ended, Really, Despite What Senate Site Says

5/07/2012 12:01 AM Eastern

Visitors to the Senate.gov website
could have been forgiven for some confusion
last week. The copy of the Senate
Executive Calendar, to which the Senate
clerk’s office referred The Wire when asked
about the timing of a vote on Federal Communications
Commission nominees, suggested
there was still a hold on Ajit Pai and
Jessica Rosenworcel, the Republican and
Democratic nominees for vacant seats on
the commission.

But Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Neb.) had
announced the week before that he was
lifting that hold after the FCC gave up more
documents on a controversial waiver to a
company called LightSquared.

Of course, an initial FCC document drop
that many had hoped would break that logjam
was insufficiently responsive for Grassley.
Had the senator changed his mind
about this new documents?

No, a spokeswoman for Grassley said last
week. “Sen. Grassley’s staff is making sure
the Senate floor staff members have official
notification and/or anything else they need
to be clear that Sen. Grassley
has lifted his hold on
the FCC nominees,” the
spokesperson told The
Wire.

Apparently, the calendar
went to press — or in
this case PDF — before
Grassley let go of his hold
in a statement mid-day
April 26.

The Senate is expected
to approve the two new
commissioners by Memorial
Day, bringing it to
a full five commissioners.

Wire Correspondent
Files Item From Bed,
After Bike Accident

The item above this was
filed by The Wire’s man
in D.C., John Eggerton
— with an assist from
his wife, Ellen — from
Fairfax Hospital in Virginia
after a lunch-time
bike ride last Tuesday
(May 1) ended in a onebike
accident. While adjusting
his odometer (we know), he suddenly
pitched over the handlebars. “I landed, fortunately,
between the street and the sidewalk”
on a strip of grass near his home office in
Springfi eld, Va., he told The Wire.

Though he wasn’t wearing a helmet (we
know), he suffered no serious head injury, he
said. But then, he said, he once knocked out
the windshield in a Ford Pinto with his head
and lived to tell the tale. Eggerton, 55 and a
Broadcasting & Cable employee since 1981,
was back at home late Wednesday, being ministered
to by Ellen and his three daughters.

‘LAKE EFFECTS’ BRINGS AFFILIATE RAIN TO HMC

Winning subscribers one original film at a time, Hallmark Movie Channel has used the location of its
latest original flick, Lake Effects, to best advantage.

The family drama (which debuted May 6) revolves around Smith Mountain Lake in Southwest Virginia.
Star Jane Seymour’s character, a high-powered attorney, reluctantly puts her career on hold
when her father dies and her family estate needs settling. She “looks inward, discovers the importance
of love and family, and gives her all to save the family’s beloved home.”

Hallmark said the producers enjoyed shooting there last year so much they set up “a significant
giveback program, including donations to clean and restore the lake and preserve its rich history.”
Seymour extols the area in 30-second tune-in spots produced on location to help affiliates capitalize
on the local interest. Chatmoss Cablevision, nearby Danville, Va., launched HMC on expanded
basic on April 1, and Hallmark says the movie helped another affi liate sell additional local ads.

 

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