WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In response to letters from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to the Chairmen and Ranking Members of the Senate Commerce and Judiciary Committees and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) regarding their concerns about potential Commission action on broadcast exclusivity rules, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton:
"Chairman Wheeler’s dismissive rejection of the concerns raised by key congressional leaders over his proposal to eliminate broadcast exclusivity rules represents a shocking disregard for the institution that confirmed him. Exclusive programming rights allow TV stations to serve communities with quality news and entertainment, a point well understood by Chairmen Grassley and Thune, ranking members Leahy and Nelson, Senators Schumer and Feinstein, and six members of the Congressional Black Caucus. Unfortunately, their concerns have been ignored by an FCC Chairman who appears to be on a lone crusade against exclusivity."
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