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Mark Lloyd - F.C.C. Chief Diversity Officer Stirs Controversy in Radio Community

Coalition of Public Interest Groups Backs Lloyd

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Mark Lloyd, F.C.C. Diversity Chief

Mark Lloyd, F.C.C. Chief Diversity Chief

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Mark Lloyd, the Chief Diversity Officer at the Federal Communications Commission, continues to stir controversy.

Alexi Mostrous in The Washington Post reports: "More than 50 public interest groups wrote Wednesday to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) urging the agency to speak out in support of its chief diversity officer, Mark Lloyd, who has suffered a recent barrage of criticism from right-wing commentators."

The letter, in part, accused Lloyd's critics of making "false and misleading claims" about his past work.

In a recent article, Radio Ink noted the crux of the controversy: " Lloyd blamed consolidation for a 'shortfall' in liberal programming on radio, and suggested a number of changes designed to bring more balance. He also called for commercial radio to pay a fee to support public broadcasting."

Meanwhile, the topic of Mark Lloyd surfaced when the FCC Commissioner, Julius Genachowski, spoke in front of a House subcommittee on September 17. Radio World reports Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., was troubled by some of Lloyd's previous writings. Walden said, " What troubles me is someone who is as opinionated as he is, is not going to bring balance to policy..."

Radio Business Report wrote: "Walden questioned whether Lloyd might try to use his position at the FCC to bring in something like the former Fairness Doctrine under the guise of promoting localism and diversity. 'I hope we don’t have a government speech czar in place,' he said. The congressman suggested that Lloyd ought to be brought up to Capitol Hill to answer questions from lawmakers."

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