NAB, Others weigh in on public file rule change.

8679-2_NAB_logos_csIn replying to the public file rule revision proceeding, the NAB repeated its support of the elimination of the requirement that stations retain all public file correspondence, citing a Saga Communications filing saying, “Not a single member of the public has visited a Saga station in any one of its 26 markets to review documents in the public file in the last five years.” Another reply commentor, the Broadcaster Coalition, said much the same thing. The NAB quoted the Meredith Corporation in saying that the public uses the Internet and social media nowadays for comments about broadcasters. Meanwhile, the National Hispanic Media Coalition, along with the American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, the Center for Media Justice, Common Cause, Communications Workers of America, Free Press, and Public Knowledge filed comments in opposition to the change in public correspondence retention rules, alleging that “moving to an online-only format would frustrate poor people and people of color—who still tend to rely on over the air television—from effectively communicating with their local broadcasters.”

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