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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 31, 2014
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Dennis Wharton
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NAB Responds to FCC Ban on Joint Retransmission Consent Negotiations

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to today's vote by the FCC prohibiting joint retransmission consent negotiations between broadcasters in the same market, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton:

"It's important to note that broadcasters have engaged in thousands of successful retransmission consent negotiations with pay TV providers over the years. Never has a local TV station been found by the FCC to have negotiated in bad faith.

"We would also note that broadcasters are not responsible for higher pay TV bills. Pay TV companies have been raising rates more than twice the rate of inflation for the last 20 years, according to Consumer Reports. The notion that a punitive crackdown on local TV stations will lead to lower cable rates is simply not credible."

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