FCC TO STUDY MEDIA HEALTH.
Chairman Julius Genachowski hires internet entrepreneur and journalist Steven Waldman to lead an agency-wide initiative assessing the state of media. Waldman will lead a team to conduct what's promised to be an "open, fact-finding process" looking at how the economy is impacting media outlets and make recommendations for policy changes.
Waldman is the co-founder and former editor of the religious website Beliefnet.com, which was bought by News Corp. in 2007. While working for the FCC he will step down from Beliefnet and News Corporation and discontinue his blog and the regular column he writes for Wall Street Journal Online. Waldman has been a regular commentator on national television and radio programs including NPR’s "All Things Considered" and "On the Media."
Waldman will join the Office of Strategic Planning and serve as senior advisor to the chairman. Genachowski says, “A strong consensus has developed that we’re at a pivotal moment in the history of the media and communications, because of game-changing new technologies as well as the economic downturn." Whatever ideas the group develops, Genachowski says will need to meet First Amendment limitations.