WASHINGTON (December 14, 2006)—The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, in cooperation with the National Council of Churches of Christ and the United Church of Christ, is conducting a Public Forum on Religion and Broadcasting. The forum, to be held in New York, will include leaders of the Christian, Jewish, and Muslim faiths to discuss how the needs of their members are served in broadcast television and radio. Invited to the forum and expected to attend are commissioners and staff of the Federal Communications Commission.
The religious leaders believe that upcoming FCC decisions can benefit from commissioners hearing their views on the way in which broadcasters cover religious events in their news and public affairs programming and reflect the concerns of members of religious faiths in their overall programming.
The forum will be held on Tuesday, January 9, 2007 from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. at 450 West 33rd Street, New York, NY 10001, in the Thirteen/WNET studio.
The forum is open to the media who are requested to seek credentials in advance.
Credentials can be obtained by faxing a request on letterhead to Mr. William Ryan, USCCB interim secretary of communications, or his assistant, Ms. Alverta Newton, at (202) 541-3173. They also can be reached by e-mail at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone at (202) 541-3200.