700 MHz Auction Done, T. Howard, FCC Meet

The Federal Communications Commission's auction of 700 MHz auction has concluded, with companies set to pay more than $19 billion in winning bids to the U.S. Treasury in the second quarter. Stifel Nicolaus said it expects Verizon Wireless and AT&T to be among the biggest acquirers of spectrum once more details of the auction are released.

PEOPLE - Scripps Networks founder Ken Lowe and CTAM President Char Beales will be honored at the T. Howard Foundation's 15th Annual Diversity Awards Dinner on April 23 in New York City. Also, Viacom will receive the Corporate Leadership Award from the organization at its annual gathering.

REGULATORY - The Federal Communications Commission is set to meet today. As of press time, the hot topic at the gathering was still carriage of digital broadcast signals by satellite TV providers.

PROGRAMMING - Gospel Music Channel said it will launch to DIRECTV customers nationwide today on channel 338.