April 14, 2020

Craig Parshall, General Counsel





NRB Applauds FCC Move to Facilitate Religious Broadcasts Amid COVID-19 Crisis

WASHINGTON (NRB) – NRB, the nation’s pre-eminent association of Christian broadcasters and communicators, lauded the FCC’s recent decision to give flexibility to TV broadcasters for airing important community programming, including religious services.

The move was announced last week ahead of Passover, Good Friday, and Easter observances, and will apply through April 30. It provides a temporary, limited waiver to TV broadcasters to enable them to more easily air live and taped same-day local content, like religious services, during time slots regularly dedicated to children’s programming.  

“NRB heartily applauds the FCC’s decision to temporarily suspend some of its television programming rules in order to facilitate religious broadcasts during this season of contagion,” said Craig Parshall, NRB’s General Counsel. “Equally important is the Commission’s recognition of the vital public interest served by faith-based broadcasting.”

In the FCC’s announcement, Chairman Ajit Pai noted the unique contribution that local broadcasters can make to the country in this difficult time. Earlier in the week, he also thanked radio and television broadcasters for their tireless efforts during the coronavirus outbreak, including running public service announcements on social distancing, airing educational programming to help with distance learning, expanding COVID-19 reporting, and holding fundraisers to help those who have faced financial hardship due to the virus.

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