This afternoon, in response to a request from Government Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa and the co-founder (along with Mr. Issa) of the Transparency caucus, Congressman Mike Quigley, the Government Accountability Office released a report on the broadcasters' practice of airing self-serving ads on political/policy issues like the Performance Rights Act or Retransmission Consent.
Today, in light of new allegations that the National Association of Broadcasters television members are refusing to air ads in favor of “Local Choice” legislation, the musicFIRST Coalition asked the Federal Communications Commission to expand and take action on an open proceeding concerning a similar refusal by NAB radio members to air advertisements in support of the Performance Rights Act.
Congressman David Price and Congressman Earl Blumenauer Support An Anti-Artist Resolution, H. Con. Res. 16
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The NAB might have won a case, but it has apparently run out of arguments to justify the lack of an AM/FM performance right.