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March 30, 2023

NAB Files Amicus Brief Asking Court to Fix Broken FCC Process

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- NAB filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today supporting the challenge by Standard General, TEGNA and CMB Media Group to the Federal Communications Commission’s decision to designate their transaction for an administrative hearing. This decision was made by career FCC staff nearly a year after the applications were filed and on bases entirely outside the Commission’s jurisdiction. The decision unlawfully threatens future investment in local broadcast stations and harms the public.

The following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt:

“The Commission's handling of the Standard General-TEGNA transaction has exposed serious flaws in the current system that impact anyone who depends on free, local broadcast service. We urge the court to correct this egregious misstep by the FCC. Unappointed FCC staff have sent this proposed deal to regulatory purgatory, depriving the Commissioners the opportunity to participate in decisions that carry significant implications for broadcast stations and their viewers and listeners. The vital local journalism provided by broadcasters is at risk if the FCC's actions are left unchallenged, and we ask the court to act quickly on this matter.”

The text of the filing can be found here.

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