For Immediate Release
October 3, 2011

Mary Montemayor
Laura Wright





Manassas, VA –  NRB applauds FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski for directing the FCC Media Bureau to “move forward” with an important rule change for non-commercial broadcasters. The announcement was made today at an FCC field hearing titled: “The Information Needs of Communities.” 

For many years, NRB has advocated changing the waiver process for non-commercial broadcasters, in order to allow a non-com to spend up to 1% of its annual on-air time raising funds for third-party non-profit groups recognized under IRS code §501(c)(3). NRB Sr. Vice President & General Counsel, Craig Parshall, gave testimony at today’s hearing and was present when the announcement was made.

"It remains to be seen exactly what the new rule will look like, and what proceedings if any will be necessary to implement these changes,” said Parshall. “Still, this is a tremendously positive development, and a remarkably logical step forward in energizing non-profit, faith based groups that will now be able to partner on-air with non-commercial Christian stations to raise funds without the burden of outdated rules that have made such partnerships a difficult if not impossible task."

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