Stations want right to nix network fare

Independent stations teamed with Big Three network affiliates last week in urging the FCC to retain rules that permit them to reject programming supplied by broadcast networks.

The Federal Communications Commission is considering eliminating or modifying a variety of network/affiliate rules, including the right to reject rule which allows local stations to preempt network-fed programming.

In joint comments filed by the Network Affiliated Stations Alliance and the Assn. of Independent Television Stations, the two parties urged the FCC to retain most of the network/affiliate regs. The groups supported retention of the right to reject rule and the exclusive affiliation rule.

INTV and NASA also urged the FCC to retain the dual network rule. That reg allows a TV station to carry one network at any given time.

NBC filed comments at the FCC on Oct. 31 saying all network/affiliate rules should be jettisoned.

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