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May 4, 2015
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Statement on Bipartisan Legislation Grandfathering Broadcaster Sales Agreements

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to the introduction today of bipartisan legislation to grandfather sharing arrangements between local television stations that were operating at the time of the FCC's March 2014 rule banning them, the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith:

"NAB applauds Sens. Blunt, Schumer, Mikulski and Scott for introducing legislation that would overturn the FCC's decision to restrict broadcaster sales agreements. It is sheer folly for the FCC to ban two TV stations in cities as small as Wichita from sharing services that can help preserve and enhance localism. Broadcasters look forward to working closely with these congressional leaders to advance legislation that will help free and local broadcasters remain competitive."

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