|For Immediate Release
July 24, 2012
The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) filed comments yesterday in support of an FCC proposal concerning non-commercial educational (NCE) stations and on-air fundraising. NRB has spearheaded the quest for a regulatory change that would allow non-commercial Christian radio and TV stations to provide support for charitable ministries in local communities and abroad.
“The charitable impulse is a noble aspect of the American character,” remarked Dr. Frank Wright, President and CEO of NRB. “I applaud the efforts of the FCC in fostering and encouraging much good through these modest changes to the NCE regulations.”
Over the past month, the FCC has received public input on its proposal to allow non-commercial stations to use up to 1% of their air-time to conduct fundraisers for other non-profit organizations. As it has done in the past, NRB proposed to the FCC in its comments yesterday that these stations be permitted to engage in such fundraising for third-party non-profit groups recognized under IRS code §501(c)(3).
Presently, non-commercial stations are prohibited from fundraising for other non-profit groups unless they are provided a waiver by the FCC. Waivers, however, are rarely granted except in dire emergencies involving massive natural disasters, such as Hurricane Katrina and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
“This rule-change would represent a ‘win-win-win’ scenario, where non-commercial stations could promote worthy causes and receive some reasonable compensation; non-profit groups could be supported so they can better provide community, humanitarian, and social services – all without government funding; and the public could be better educated and energized to participate in helping to solve significant human problems and relieve human suffering,” noted Craig Parshall, NRB Senior Vice President and General Counsel. “We hope that the FCC quickly moves this proposal into a permanent broadcasting rule.” NRB’s full comments are available online here.
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