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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 8, 2010
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NAB Statement Regarding Retransmission Consent

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Association of Broadcasters issued a statement today following an announcement that the Federal Communications Commission will be issuing a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking regarding retransmission consent. Retransmission consent is the market-based process by which a pay-TV distributor and a broadcast station negotiate carriage rights.

Commenting, NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith said:

"NAB strongly endorses educating consumers with the multiple options available to them in the exceedingly rare instance when a retransmission consent dispute arises, including the antenna TV option. In the final analysis, injecting Washington into private business negotiations that have a 99 percent success rate only serves to embolden pay-TV companies. If the pay-TV giants succeed, there will be further migration of premiere sporting events like the Super Bowl away from free TV, and a reduction in financial resources that sustains quality foreign language programming, local news and entertainment to a growing audience of more than 30 million Americans who rely exclusively on over-the-air television."

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