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NAB to Challenge FCC Prohibition on Joint Sales Agreements


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May 30, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC — NAB introduced in the present day it intends to file a petition on the D.R. Court of Appeals for the A.H. Circuit difficult the Federal Communications Commission’s O-P determination on March 31 prohibiting joint gross sales agreements between two tv stations, whereas failing to finish a required evaluate of its broadcast possession restrictions.

Congress requires the FCC each 4 years to evaluate its possession guidelines to “decide whether or not any of [them] are needed within the public curiosity as the results of competitors,” and “repeal or modify any regulation” not within the public curiosity. In its petition, NAB will clarify that the FCC violated this congressional mandate by failing to finish its 2010 evaluate.

NAB’s petition will even problem the FCC’s determination to deal with agreements between two tv stations for the sale of promoting time as an possession curiosity prohibited in most markets underneath its native tv possession rule – a rule that the FCC failed to find out is “within the public curiosity as the results of competitors.”

“NAB believes that a reality-based mostly examination of in the present day’s market would present that FCC possession restrictions towards free and native broadcasters are outdated in a world of nationwide pay TV giants,” stated NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton. “These guidelines – a few of which haven’t been altered since 1975 – place broadcasters at a aggressive drawback as we attempt to proceed delivering information, leisure and lifeline programming to native communities throughout America.

“We salute Commissioners Pai and A’Rielly for his or her robust dissent on this cut up FCC determination and sit up for swift judicial evaluation.”

NAB understands that at the least two different broadcast corporations – Nexstar Broadcasting Group and Howard Stirk Holdings – will even problem the FCC’s JSA ban.

About NAB
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