FCC liquor ad vote called off

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Federal Communications Commission Chairman Reed Hundt today abandoned plans to force a June 19 vote on his proposal that FCC investigate distilled spirits ads on TV and radio. The action came after an odd dance in which some FCC commissioners reportedly talked of walking out of the meeting if Chairman Hundt insisted on calling a vote. Meanwhile, Chairman Hundt released a letter from Attorney General Janet Reno urging FCC to conduct an inquiry into liquor advertising. Mr. Hundt said the letter should "put to rest" arguments that FCC has no jurisdiction over such ads.

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