|For Immediate Release
July 22, 2013
Manassas, VA – As a key House Subcommittee reviews the ongoing Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proceeding to implement a voluntary incentive auction of television broadcast spectrum, NRB reiterated its call that the FCC purposefully protect programming choices for Americans, specifically the religious and family programming that NRB TV Members provide free of charge to local communities.
“Let us be careful not to auction away wholesome programming from the airwaves,” said Dr. Frank Wright, President & CEO of NRB. “The immense value of broadcast television is nowhere more evident than among NRB’s TV Members that operate thanks to support of those in the local communities they serve.”
NRB also zeroed in on the “no-alter” clause in the Spectrum Act for low-power television (LPTV). Congress stated in the law, “Nothing in this subsection shall be construed to alter the spectrum usage rights of low-power television stations.”
“LPTV stations have an important role in meeting the truly local news, information, and service needs of their communities,” continued Dr. Wright. “I urge members of the Communications Subcommittee to inquire what steps the FCC will be taking to keep low-power stations from simply being forced off the air.”
In public comments to the FCC earlier this year, NRB recommended:
• that the interests of the viewing public be kept paramount;
• that the FCC exercise the highest degree of transparency in the planned operation of the auction and in the standards it will employ in deciding the fate of broadcast stations;
• a method to ensure equitable reimbursement for stations forced to relocate; and
• that the valuable localism provided by low-power stations be protected in accord with the intent of Congress.
As the FCC works to advance this spectrum auction, NRB continues to urge a process that fairly honors the services and investments of Christian television broadcasters in their local communities.
About NRB 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.
About the NRB Convention 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. NRB 2014 will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, February 22-25, 2014. For more information, go to www.nrbconvention.org.
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