It seems Federal Communications Commission Chairman William Kennard really didn't mean to say he would "look into" a complaint about the African-American portion of the government's $100 million Census 2000 account.
Young & Rubicam won the account with J. Curtis & Co., based in Montclair, N.J., handling the African-American portion. Y&R then moved that business to the Chisholm Mingo Group after the government voiced concerns about Curtis' work.
The National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters complained to FCC Chairman William Kennard that Curtis was inexperienced the day the agency released a report charging advertisers with discriminating against ethnic radio stations [Adweek, Jan. 18].
Kennard meant to say the concerns were "interesting," and that he hoped U.S. Rep. Carolyn Kilpatrick, D-Mich., would follow up, the FCC said.
All may end well, since the FCC is now part of Vice President Al Gore's study of minority involvement in government ad contracts. Kilpatrick also asked the Government Accounting Office to analyze the process. --Wendy Mellilo