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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 16, 2011
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Dennis Wharton
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NAB Statement on Introduction of Next Generation Television Marketplace Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to the introduction of the Next Generation Television Marketplace Act today by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) and Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton issued the following statement:

"NAB respectfully opposes the legislation. Current law ensures access to quality local news, entertainment, sports and life-saving weather warnings. The proposed changes to the Communications Act strike at the core of free market negotiations and broadcast localism, thereby threatening a community-based information and entertainment medium that serves tens of millions of Americans each day."

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