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May 25, 2016
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NAB Statement on Court Ruling on Media Ownership Rules

WASHINGTON, D.C.-- In response to the Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit's ruling ordering the FCC to update media ownership rules and vacating its prohibition on joint sales agreements (JSA) between television broadcasters, the following statement can be attributed to NAB Executive Vice President of Communications Dennis Wharton:

“NAB could not be more pleased with the Third Circuit decision. At long last, this opinion directs the FCC to do its job and adopt broadcast ownership rules that reflect the modern world.

“We’re particularly delighted the court highlights the irrationality of a rule that bars broadcast/newspaper combinations in the same market. This rule needs to be ended immediately.

“And finally, we’re pleased the court strikes down the FCC’s punitive joint sales agreement order. JSAs are clearly in the public interest – as Congress has decided – and allow free and local broadcasters a chance to compete against national pay TV conglomerates.”

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