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October 19, 2010

NAB Statement Regarding Retransmission Consent

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- The National Association of Broadcasters issued a statement today regarding the fair, market-based carriage negotiation process known as retransmission consent.

Commenting, NAB Executive Vice President Dennis Wharton said:

"As history has shown, 99.9 percent of these deals are reached without disruption. We don't have a broken system; we have a broken pay-TV company that likes to play Washington games. Broadcasters and pay-TV operators share a mutual interest in reaching a fair, market-oriented carriage deal. Only when one party shifts their focus, pleading to government instead of negotiating fairly, does that mutual desire dissolve."

Retransmission consent is the fair, market-based negotiation process by which pay-TV operators and broadcasters reach an agreement for the carriage of a TV station's signal. For more information on the market-based negotiation process, visit NAB's Policy Blog.

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