Rep. Richard Neal today asked the FCC to grandfather existing JSAs between broadcasters. The Massachusetts Democrat says the agreements lead to benefits including localism and diversity.
Rep. Neal To FCC: Keep Existing JSAs
Rep. Richard Neal, a Massachusetts Democrat, today urged the FCC to grandfather existing joint sales agreements between broadcasters, saying the arrangments boost localism and diversity.
In a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, Neal said that while he supports the Commission’s goals of “competition, localism and diversity,” he said he also has seen the benefits of joint sales agreements. He says a station in his district that has a JSA has brought “localism and diversity” to its community. “They provide news in both quantity and quality — adding hours of news and investigative teams,” he said.
He said companies that have made investments in small markets based on JSAs should be able to keep the agreements. “The investment has added local content, local jobs and local opportunities,” he says.
The FCC is widely expected to vote on a blanket ban of JSAs as soon as March 31.