NAB Throws Support Behind Violence Bill

CEO Gordon Smith says it’s in favor of Rockefeller’s Violent Content Research Act of 2013. “Broadcasters support community decency standards attendant to our broadcast licenses.”

As the Senate Commerce Committee prepares for next week’s markup of the Violent Content Research Act of 2013, introduced by Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.), NAB President-CEO Gordon Smith issued the following statement:

“Given the conflicting scientific data, NAB supports Chairman Rockefeller’s bill requiring more research to determine whether a link exists between violent content and real-life violence. Broadcasters support community decency standards attendant to our broadcast licenses.

“In response to horrific acts of violence, NAB has worked with the White House, the Department of Health and Human Services and a bipartisan group of lawmakers to produce public service announcements focused on youth mental health issues. We have done so in hopes that greater civility can be restored to society and that incidences of societal violence can be reduced.”


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