WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, bipartisan legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives that would grandfather sharing arrangements between local television stations that were operating at the time of the FCC's March 2014 rule banning them. The legislation is a companion bill to S1182, cosponsored by Sens. Blunt, Cardin, Durbin, Gardner, Gillibrand, Johnson, Mikulski, Schumer, Scott and Wicker. The following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith:
"NAB applauds Representatives Shimkus and Schrader for introducing legislation that would overturn the FCC's decision to restrict broadcaster sales agreements. This bipartisan legislation will allow local broadcasters to remain competitive and continue to provide enhanced local news, weather and community interest programming, especially in small and midsize markets. We look forward to working with the legislation's cosponsors Reps. Ellmers, Long, Ruppersberger, Tonko and Walden toward successful passage of this important bill."
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