WASHINGTON, DC -- NAB issued a statement today responding to comments made by Michael Copps, Acting Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. Earlier today, Chairman Copps said that radio and television broadcasters should be required to renew their licenses every three years, rather than the current standard, which is every eight years.
Commenting on Chairman Copps's statement, NAB Executive Vice President Dennis Wharton issued the following statement:
"NAB would respectfully oppose attempts to shorten license renewal terms. Congress wisely reformed license renewal terms to allow broadcasters to better compete against our pay platform competitors. Reducing a broadcaster's term of license would actually harm localism by injecting greater uncertainty into a business model facing the worst advertising downturn in decades."
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