HOME > NEWSROOM > ARTICLES > CIN Study Highlighted at Senate Hearing

CIN Study Highlighted at Senate Hearing

Following up on a hearing by the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, members of the Senate Commerce Committee began their review of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELA), which is set to sunset at the end of this year. Among the witnesses appearing before the committee was Bill Lake, Chief of the FCC’s Media Bureau, and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) made sure to take the opportunity to raise concern about the controversial “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs” study (the “CIN study”). 

The CIN study was abandoned by the FCC after its “Fairness Doctrine”-like questions were unearthed, and Senator Cruz asked Mr. Lake directly, “Can you assure this committee today that the FCC has no intention to go forward with this kind of inquiry?” Lake asserted that the FCC had not intended to intrude into newsrooms through the study and there were “no plans to continue with a study of that type.”

A number of other contested communications laws were debated during the hearing, including retransmission consent and joint sales agreements (JSAs), topics that had been sparked anew at the FCC’s Open Meeting on Monday. NRB continues to monitor these STELA proceedings carefully, specifically advocating that rules establishing the responsibility of pay-TV providers to carry local TV stations on their base platforms (“Must Carry”) are not weakened. NRB has been vocal in its concern that Congress not abandon the decades-old commitment to local television, particularly religious television, and NRB will continue to be vigilant in this area of great importance for Christian television ministries.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President of Government Relations

Published: April 4, 2014

Latest News

NRBMLC Files Comments to DOJ on ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees

The NRB Music License Committee (NRBMLC) filed comments with the U.S. Department of Justice last week in response to its plans to review the “consent decrees” that govern how the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) and Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) license songs for public performance in the United States.

National Radio Day: A Look Back at the Early Days of Christian Broadcasting

When radio emerged as a public medium in the early 1920s, preachers were fascinated but cautious.

Christian Advocacy Group Protests Offensive Cartoon Network Program

The Christian Film & Television Commission® (CFTVC), an advocacy group promoting quality Christian entertainment, is organizing a protest against Black Jesus, the Cartoon Network’s new controversial program.

CBN’s Superbook Partners with Newton Media

Newton Media has been selected to partner with CBN’s Superbook to brand market their award-winning animated Bible series and build their continuity program via DRTV, barter syndication, and digital platforms.

4 FEBC Volunteers Martyred in Ukraine

Four young FEBC volunteers who were recently captured by pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine were brutally beaten to death simply for being Christians, according to a report from the organization last week.

Answers in Genesis: Ark Encounter Will Not Be Built with State Funds

Answers in Genesis, the apologetics ministry of Ken Ham, is working to make it clear that the full-scale Noah’s Ark that it plans to build in Williamstown, KY, will not be constructed with state funds.

Galcom International to Celebrate 25 Years of Dynamic Outreach

While attending a Christian conference in 1988, Harold Kent, a businessman in Tampa, FL, heard that the major international radio ministries (TWR, HCJB, FEBC, ELWA, etc.) were cooperating in order to cover the world with short-wave radio in 140 languages.

Five Q Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Five Q, a full-service web development and interactive marketing agency that serves ministries and non-profits, marked its 10-year anniversary on Sunday.

Save the Date: Defending Truth Apologetics Conference on November 1 in Nashville

This November, the NRB Network and TodaysChristianMusic.com will present the 2nd Annual “Defending Truth in a Culture of Deception” Apologetics Conference in Nashville, TN.

Theme Picked for 23rd Annual Faith and Family Friendly Awards Gala

“Faith & Values Are for Reel” has been announced as the theme for next year’s 23rd Annual Faith & Values Awards Gala and Report to the Entertainment Industry.

More News