By John Eggerton, Broadcasting & Cable Online, 6-17-19
High school sports and political candidate forums are among the programs the National Association of Broadcasters wants to be able to preempt children’s programming for without the FCC requiring them to reschedule that kids programming.
NAB General Counsel Rick Kaplan made that pitch last week to a staffer for commissioner Michael O’Rielly, who is championing the FCC’s review of its children’s television rules.
NAB has a bunch of deregulatory asks, including that the FCC no longer require three hours pre week of educational and informational programming on all full-time broadcast channels, multicast channels included. NAB instead says the FCC should give broadcasters an annual 156-hour requirement and allow them the flexibility to schedule it across the year, and spread out over primary and multicast channels. » Read More