In response to a letter filed by Free Press and others with the FCC today regarding the Commission's media ownership review, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton:
"Evidence shows that when a strong local TV station shares resources with another broadcaster, the result is the creation of more local news, weather and sports. The simple reality is that newsgathering and public affairs programming costs money, and that viewers benefit by more choice from a TV station that is free to the public. If the goal of Free Press is to eliminate competition that local broadcasters provide to pay TV conglomerates like Time Warner Cable and DISH, perhaps it should change its name to Pay Press."
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