For Immediate Release
June 26, 2012

Laura Wright





Manassas, VA – In advance of a House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology “Future of Video” hearing tomorrow, NRB trumpeted the value of faith programming in American media and the vital importance of “Must-Carry” laws, rules that enable many local television broadcast stations, including religious stations, to be viewed on pay-tv platforms.

Dr. Frank Wright, President and CEO of NRB, declared, “Faith-based programming should have an important place in the future of American media.  I thank Chairman Greg Walden for inviting Robert Johnson of Sky Angel to testify.  I also encourage Members of the Committee to be careful not to harm long-serving religious TV broadcasting ministries by weakening sound and unobtrusive ‘Must-Carry’ law.”

Dr. Frank Wright, President and CEO of NRB, sent a letter of concern earlier this year to the sponsors of the Next Generation Television Marketplace Act (H.R. 3675/S. 2008), which would remove “Must-Carry” provisions of federal communications law. He declared: "Specifically, by eliminating “Must-Carry” rules for local commercial television broadcast stations to be viewed on pay-tv platforms, rules that have been in place for decades, this legislation could be fatal to many Christian TV stations and may harm the ability of millions of Americans to continue accessing the religious programming on which they rely".

Surveys have shown that approximately two-thirds of Americans consume Christian media every month, which is significantly more than those who attend church during the same period.  A large percentage of those individuals tune into Christian TV programming. [1]

Today’s “Must-Carry” rights for 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.”

About NRB
The National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) is a non-partisan, international association of Christian communicators whose member organizations represent millions of listeners, viewers, and readers. Our mission is to advance biblical truth; to promote media excellence; and to defend free speech. In addition to promoting standards of excellence, integrity, and accountability, NRB provides networking, educational, ministry, and fellowship opportunities for its members.Learn more at

About the NRB Convention
The annual NRB Convention & Exposition is the largest nationally and internationally recognized event dedicated solely to assist those in the field of Christian communications. The dynamic Exposition consists of nearly 200 companies and is an active marketplace for those seeking tools and services to expand their organizations.NRB 2013 will be held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, TN, March 2-5, 2013.


 [1] “More People Use Christian Media Than Attend Church.” The Barna Group. March 2005.


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