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November 15, 2017
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Statement Regarding Calls for FCC Chair's Recusal on Media Ownership Reform, Next Gen TV

WASHINGTON -- In response to calls for FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to recuse himself on the Commission's proceedings on media ownership and a new broadcast TV transmission standard, the following statement can be attributed to NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith:

“The actions proposed by Chairman Pai and supported by the NAB and scores of broadcasters have industry-wide implications with a profound impact that is broader than any one company. For decades, the broadcast industry has asked the FCC to modernize its media ownership rules, and NAB itself petitioned the FCC to allow broadcasters to innovate and voluntarily employ a Next Gen TV standard, advocated for the elimination of the main studio rule and urged a holistic approach to the UHF discount.

"We appreciate that Chairman Pai has looked at facts over politics and consistently supported these and related updates to both radio and TV broadcasting regulations since he first became a Commissioner in 2012.”

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