|For Immediate Release
October 13, 2015
Manassas, VA – NRB today added its voice to a growing chorus calling on the FCC to pull back from an attempt to eliminate television broadcast exclusivity rules.
“There is broad and bipartisan consensus that TV programming exclusivity rules do not exist in a vacuum,” said Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB. “Dismantling one set of rules that provide a needed forum for broadcasters who serve their local communities does not make sense. I urge the FCC to heed the call of many policymakers and stakeholders to steer clear of this path.”
Syndicated exclusivity rules provide a mechanism by which broadcasters with contracts to provide certain programming in their communities can seek relief from activities by pay-TV companies that could undermine those contracts. Many, including the Republican and Democrat leaders of the Senate Commerce and Judiciary Committees, have urged the FCC not to move forward with a proceeding to eliminate these rules, particularly as such a move would neglect the larger regulatory context.
The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. Our mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members. Learn more at www.nrb.org.
Proclaim, the annual NRB International Christian Media Convention, is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of around 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their organizations. Also on the Expo floor will be a 20,000-square-foot museum presented by Museum of the Bible. Proclaim 16 will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, February 23-26, 2016. The NRB Digital Media Summit, a pre-Convention event, will be held on February 22, 2016. Other summits that will take place during the week of Proclaim 16 include the Radio Summit, TV Summit, Church Media Summit, International Summit, Film & Entertainment Summit, and Donor Development Summit. There will also be a special Pastors Track.
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