Both NAB’s Eddie Fritts and FCC Chairman Michael Powell issued statements about the tragic events in New York and Washington. Eddie Fritts:
“NAB thanks local radio and television stations for their tireless and outstanding service to listeners and viewers during this unspeakable tragedy. We salute those broadcasters who are supporting and sponsoring relief efforts and blood drives in support of victims of these terrorist acts.
“NAB offers our assistance to stations covering these events, and will serve as a clearinghouse for information on the efforts of broadcasters to assist citizens in time of crisis. Our hearts go out to the families of those injured and killed during this horrific tragedy.”
And Chairman Micheal Powell:
FCC Chairman Michael K. Powell said, “I am deeply saddened by the loss experienced yesterday by the people of New York and Washington, DC, rescue workers, federal employees, and all Americans affected by yesterday’s tragedies. I am grateful for the tireless and heroic efforts of those in the telecommunications industry who are working hard to keep our most fundamental communications systems – such as telephone service, wireless phone service and television service – operating efficiently under the circumstances. This is a difficult time for everyone and we must be patient.”
Additionally, the FCC intends to hold its open meeting Thursday as scheduled.