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May 17, 2010
Dennis Wharton
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NAB Statement on Supreme Court's Must-Carry Challenge Denial

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Association of Broadcasters today released a statement regarding the Supreme Court's denial of Cablevision's request for review of must-carry rules. Must-carry rules prevent cable operators from discriminating against carriage of local broadcast TV stations.

Commenting on today's Supreme Court action, NAB Executive Vice President Dennis Wharton said:

"Today is a great day for the millions of Americans who rely on the diverse line-up of programming supplied by free and local broadcasters. By denying the cable-backed petition for review, the Supreme Court validates NAB's longstanding assertion that must-carry rules protect the public's access to niche broadcast programming, including foreign language, religious and independent TV stations."

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