NAB To FCC: Don't Let FM Translators Originate Own Programming
June 12, 2006 at 6:09 AM (PT)
The NAB tells the FCC not to allow FM translators to originate their own programming, filing comments on FRIDAY opposing a proposed rulemaking that would, in the NAB's words, "radically alter the current FM translator service."
The NAB says that the petitioners are asking the FCC "to transform what has been historically a supplemental service into a new broadcasting class. A change in the program origination rule would turn FM translators into radio stations. While we agree that promoting localism is a laudable goal, amending the FM translator rules is not the best approach to achieving that goal." Allowing the change "could drastically undermine the viability of primary full power FM stations, particularly stations in rural and remote areas and decrease rather than increase local service. The detriments of such a change would outweigh any benefits the Petitioners speculate could accrue from their proposal."