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February 20, 2014
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NAB Statement on FCC's Closed Captioning Proceeding

WASHINGTON -- In response to the Closed Captioning proceeding at today's FCC's Open Commission Meeting, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton:

"We are pleased that the Commission has retained the use of Electronic Newsroom Technique (ENT) using the agreed-upon best practices. We strongly believe that, given the current state of captioning technology and the marketplace, improved ENT is the best way for many television broadcasters to caption their news with systems that are already in place.

"We pledge to continue to address the myriad of difficult issues related to captioning quality. We expect that the best practices related to quality will facilitate identification of captioning issues with the goal of positive solutions, not simply punitive actions. We look forward to working with the FCC and stakeholders to continue to improve accessibility for television."

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