WASHINGTON, D.C. – In response to recent revisions to the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt:
"NAB applauds the ongoing work of Sens. Amy Klobuchar and John Kennedy, Reps. David Cicilline and Ken Buck to strengthen the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act. This legislation would address the dominant power Big Tech gatekeepers wield over local media outlets, including television and radio broadcasters, by enabling fair negotiations when digital platforms seek to offer their users access to our valuable community-based content. We thank the bill’s cosponsors for recognizing the need to preserve local journalism in our communities and look forward to continuing working with them on advancing this bill through the legislative process."
The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act, originally introduced in the House (H.R. 1735) and Senate (S. 673) last year, would level the playing field by providing a temporary antitrust exemption to allow broadcasters and certain other digital publishers to jointly negotiate with dominant online platforms regarding access to their content.
The revised bill would:
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