Clear Channel Radio told the commission that the agency’s proposed mandates in the localism proceeding are neither necessary nor in the public interest. The broadcast owner also challenged the very constitutionality of the proposal.
Andy Levin, executive vice president of law and government affairs and chief legal officer for Clear Channel, stated that if a radio station is not serving its community, listeners will turn the dial.
“Does it make sense then for a bureaucrat in Washington to tell a station manager thousands of miles away in Bismarck, N.D., how to run his or her radio station?” Levin asked rhetorically.
“Not only is government management of content unnecessary, but it puts the First Amendment rights of broadcasters squarely at risk. Local broadcasters are in the best position by far to determine which programming to put on the air in their own communities, not a federal government agency with no knowledge or ties to the listeners there.”