NAB battles enhanced disclosure

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The National Association of Broadcasters says it will be no small thing for broadcasters to keep up with the new programming paperwork the FCC wants to hit them with. In fact, it says it will be enough work to require 21.5 hours a week of somebody’s time. "The Commission has radically understated the associated information collection burdens by more than 1,000 percent," said NAB in its filing. EVP Dennis Wharton noted that local service is vital to the success of most broadcasters, and pointed out, "Our concern with the new FCC rules are their scale and scope, and the burden involved in complying with this new mandate, particularly for smaller stations. Free, local broadcasting serves a unique role in the fabric of American life, and we would submit that these regulations would negatively impact the ability of many broadcasters to continue serving our communities."