"Independent television stations today are disadvantaged in competing in the broadcast marketplace because they are the only group of stations competing in that framework that cannot secure effective exclusivity rights for the programming that they pay for as a result of the compulsory license and the syndicated exclusivity rules," he said.
Patrick is considered a bright, capable individual whose knowledge was called impressive by lawmakers when he made his first appearance at a hearing on Capitol Hill. He is likely to be more low-key and less confrontational than Fowler, especially when dealing with Congress.
"The commission is facing a number of important issues," Patrick said. "I expect the Congress will take an active interest in those issues, and I welcome that."
While pushing ahead with his own agenda, Patrick must deal with the heated controversy that has erupted as a result of the FCC's decision in April to admonish KPFK-FM (90.7) in Los Angeles and two other radio stations for broadcasting what it deemed to be offensive material.