Fritts: Time for a 'Full, Frank' Dialogue

Fritts: Time for a 'Full, Frank' Dialogue
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The NAB wants to talk about responsible programming.
In an announcement issued on the same day Capitol Hill lawmakers were scrutinizing indecency in broadcast programming, including the infamous Janet Jackson Super Bowl flash, the NAB said it plans to hold a private "All-Industry Summit" to address topics related to responsible programming.
"The first-of-its-kind meeting, to be held in early spring, comes in response to growing concern over program content from parents, Congress and the Federal Communications Commission," NAB stated.
"Broadcasters have a long history of being responsive to community needs, whether it be Amber Alerts, coverage of local issues, emergency weather warnings or providing airtime for charities," said NAB President Edward O. Fritts. "The time has come for a full and frank dialogue with our media colleagues on voluntary programming responsibility."
Fritts said local broadcasters, network representatives and others would be invited.


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