HOLLINGS-MURIS CONFRONTATION POSTPONED

Senator Sets Tentative New Hearing Date for May 13

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WASHINGTON (AdAge.com) -- The Senate Commerce Committee has postponed the date of the expected grilling of Federal Trade Commission Chairman Tim Muris on media antitrust issues from May 7 to May 13.

An aide to Committee Chairman Ernest "Fritz" Hollings, D-S.C. said the delay was caused by Senate scheduling, and that the May 13 date may also be subject to change.

The Senate next week

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Sen. Hollings, who has been critical of an arrangement in which the FTC ceded antitrust enforcement of media deals to the Justice Department, has summoned both Mr. Muris and Charles James, assistant attorney general for antitrust, to explain the agreement and why it was developed without the consultation of either Congress or public interest groups.

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