NAB Seeks To Block New Disclosure Rules
March 31, 2008 at 6:20 AM (PT)
The NAB has filed a lawsuit to block new FCC requirements that broadcasters complete detailed forms that list all the local civic programming, local electoral affairs programming, public service announcements, and independently produced programming aired during each quarter.
"America's broadcasters have no quarrel with serving the public interest. Indeed, public service is the lifeblood of our business, and the most successful radio and television stations are laser-like in their commitment to community, whether that be in the form of local news, raising millions for charities, or saving childrens' lives with Amber Alerts," said the NAB in a release.
"Our concern with the new FCC rules are their scale and scope, and the burden involved in complying with this new mandate, particularly for smaller stations. Free, local broadcasting serves a unique role in the fabric of American life, and we would submit that the impact of these regulations would negatively impact the ability of many broadcasters to continue to serve our communities."
The forms would be scheduled quarterly, and would take the place of issues and programs list in stations' public files.