Washington, DC – Energy and Commerce Committee Republican Leader Greg Walden (R-OR) today introduced a bill to promote diversity among the broadcast media industry and support local broadcasters across U.S. communities.
“As a former radio station owner in rural Oregon, I know well that our local broadcasters are often Americans’ primary source of local news, particularly in rural areas. I understand the importance of ensuring broadcast owners and their content reflect the communities they serve. We must ensure our local broadcast media stations can continue to compete in today’s media marketplace and attract future generations to the industry to continue to provide local and diverse information across communities. I am proud to introduce this bill today that will support our hardworking broadcasters and ensure the industry’s continued growth and prosperity,” said Walden.
“NAB thanks Rep. Walden for introducing legislation creating an incubator program that would help aspiring broadcasters realize their dream of owning a radio or TV station. NAB strongly supports efforts to increase media ownership diversity by providing pathways to station ownership for new and diverse voices,” said Gordon Smith, President and CEO, National Association of Broadcasters.
“NABOB is pleased to support Congressman Walden’s bill directing the FCC to create an incubator program to support the entry of new and diverse voices in the broadcasting industry by providing for an established broadcaster and an emerging broadcaster to enter into a qualifying incubation relationship. We are pleased that the proposed incubator program would include television. NABOB has supported the creation of an incubator program for many years. We are very grateful to Congressman Walden for taking this next step toward its implementation,” said James Winston, President, National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters, Inc.
“Congressman Greg Walden’s media incubator bill is an important step toward the creation of an FCC incubator program. The Multicultural Media, Telecom & Internet Council (MMTC) has fought for such a program since 1990. We encourage both the majority and minority House Communications Subcommittee Members to pass legislation aimed at advancing diversity in broadcast station ownership,” said the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC).
The Broadcast Diversity in Leadership Act would create a “Broadcast Incubator Program,” led by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to allow existing broadcasters to form partnerships with emerging broadcasters to improve access to financial resources and allow for meaningful information sharing, mentoring, and other activities to promote diversity in broadcast ownership.
Full text of the bill can be found HERE.