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NAB Statement on Senate Passage of DTV Delay Bill


WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Senate unanimously approved legislation last night that would move the digital TV transition date from February 17 to June 12. The bill is expected to be considered by the U.S. House of Representatives today.

Responding to last night’s Senate action, NAB Executive Vice President Dennis Wharton issued the following the statement:

"NAB supports legislation passed unanimously by the full Senate that moves the DTV deadline to June 12, while providing flexibility to local stations in adjusting to the new date. We are especially appreciative of the tireless efforts of Commerce Committee Chairman Rockefeller and Ranking Member Hutchison in crafting the compromise bill.

“Local broadcasters and our network partners are proud of the unprecedented billion dollar educational effort we have undertaken to ensure that our viewers are prepared for the switch to digital, and we are grateful for policymaker efforts that underscore over-the-air television’s importance in the fabric of American life. The DTV legislation now moves to the House. NAB salutes the leadership of Commerce Committee Chairman Waxman and his colleagues and we look forward to swift passage of this bill.”


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