Rep. Blackburn Leads Fight Against FCC Localism Proposals
April 16, 2008 at 4:08 PM (PT)
Congressman MARSHA BLACKBURN (R-TN) sent a letter to FCC Chairman KEVIN MARTIN, signed by over 120 of her bipartisan colleagues, to express reservation's about the COMMISSION's plans to regulate localism concerns. "While we agree with the COMMISSION that fostering more and better local programming is a laudable goal, we do not agree that mandates from WASHINGTON are the best means of achieving that goal," she wrote. "Indeed, the tentative conclusion in the localism proceeding to effectively force broadcasters to air programming that fits pre-ordained categories creates clear constitutional concerns."
In a press release, BLACKBURN reaffirmed the NAB's perspective that "the FCC localism effort will restore a 1970s era regulatory regime for local broadcasters. That represents a return to a time when most local radio stations operated in the red. Reverting to out-of-date rules would impose significant costs on broadcast licensees that will harm their ability to serve the public interest. This could ultimately lead to cost-cutting and job elimination in an effort to comply with the COMMISSION’s ill-conceived mandates."
Full disclosure: According to opensource.org, Rep. BLACKBURN reported receiving a $1,500 campaign contribution from the NAB on AUG. 9th, 2007.