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March 11, 2021

NAB Statement on Introduction of Modern Television Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to the introduction of the Modern Television Act of 2021 by Reps. Steve Scalise (LA-01) and Anna Eshoo (CA-18) that would eliminate the legal underpinnings of the local broadcast system, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Senior Vice President of Communications Ann Marie Cumming:

“NAB continues to oppose legislation that undermines the foundation of broadcast television. Every day, Americans rely on local broadcast TV stations for news, weather, investigative journalism, public affairs programming, sports, popular entertainment and emergency information – including critical lifeline coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic during the past year. We strongly urge policymakers to work with broadcasters on preserving and strengthening a local broadcasting system that provides immeasurable service to our communities.”

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