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May 6, 2009

Rehr: Future of Journalism Requires Broadcast Viability

WASHINGTON, DC -- NAB President and CEO David K. Rehr sent a letter yesterday to Sens. John Kerry (MA) and John Ensign (NV), chairman and ranking member, respectively, of the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Technology and the Internet. The letter, which was penned on the eve of a scheduled hearing related to "The Future of Journalism," detailed the importance of ensuring a healthy broadcast system in the United States.

"As your hearing this week will doubtless demonstrate, the continued production of high-quality local news and information is increasingly difficult due to serious and growing competitive and financial challenges," wrote Rehr. "Particularly in light of current marketplace conditions, Congress should refrain from making changes to existing law and policies – including rules impacting the structure of local television markets – that would harm the ability of local broadcast outlets to serve their audiences."

Rehr's entire letter can be read here in PDF format.

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