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June 21, 2012
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NAB Statement on Supreme Court Ruling on FCC Indecency Regulations

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to today's ruling by the Supreme Court regarding the FCC's indecency regulations, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton:

"NAB has long believed that responsible industry self-regulation is preferable to government regulation in areas of programming content. We don't believe that broadcast programming will change as a result of today's decision, given the expectation from viewers, listeners and advertisers that our programming will be less explicit than pay-media platform providers. As broadcasters, we will continue to offer programming reflective of the diverse communities we serve, along with program blocking technologies like the V-chip that empower parents in monitoring media consumption habits of children."

As background: Indecency rules enforced against broadcasters for decades have only applied between the hours of 6 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Yet, you never see nudity on the broadcast airwaves or hear "Sopranos"-like language during Leno and Letterman. That's why the practical impact of a Supreme Court decision may be less dramatic than it may appear.

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