For Immediate Release
December 13, 2013

Kenneth Chan





Local Channel Carriage Commitment Still Vital:
Congress Should Not Undermine Cable’s Community Responsibilities

Manassas, VA– NRB urges Congress not to renege on the decades-old commitment to carriage of local TV channels on pay-TV platforms, including cable networks.

Concerned with the unintended consequences of the recently re-introduced Next Generation Television Marketplace Act, Dr. Jerry A. Johnson, President & CEO of NRB, declared, “Scuttling the local channel carriage responsibilities of cable and other pay-TV platforms would be a significant detriment to a number of Christian TV stations and the viewers who rely on them for spiritual guidance.”

Dr. Johnson continued, “These longstanding carriage rules ensure that viewers can access the important and edifying programming their local Christian broadcasters offer free-of-charge.”

“Must Carry” law enables many local television broadcast stations, including religious stations, to be viewed on pay-TV platforms. These rules honoring free, local television were enacted by Congress in 1992 and upheld by the Supreme Court in 1997. Congress then found that cable systems have an “economic incentive” to “delete, reposition, or not carry local broadcast signals” and that, without “Must-Carry” rules, the “viability” of broadcasters “will be seriously jeopardized.”

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