For Immediate Release
December 5, 2011

Laura Wright

Craig Parshall




Manassas, VA – The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) recently held a live teleconference to address the October 20th FCC Order that reversed closed captioning exemptions previously granted to a large number of Christian broadcasters and broadcast programmers.

“I am pleased that NRB, as part of our mission to our members and the greater religious broadcasting community, was able to offer this teleconference as a public service to Christian communicators, programmers, and TV stations,” said Dr. Frank Wright, NRB President & CEO. “It is imperative for them to understand the new regulatory landscape as the FCC’s deadline for action looms. The teleconference also offered NRB the opportunity to once again encourage Christian communicators to take a very proactive approach to sharing the Gospel of Christ with all people, and the hearing-impaired community is no exception.”

“Our goal in launching this teleconference was to educate Christian television programmers and stations on the current status of the FCC order which changed the terrain regarding the closed captioning exemption process,” said NRB Sr. Vice President & General Counsel Craig Parshall. “In addition, many religious broadcasters would like to reach out to the hearing-impaired community with their content but need more information to do that. I trust we provided that as well. As the FCC considers the next round of exemption petitions from those remaining religious broadcasters who simply cannot afford to close caption, I hope that the Commission will review them fairly, and realistically.”

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