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Lombardo: Indecency Crackdown Unfair to Broadcast

Feb 3, 2005  •  Post A Comment

The federal government’s crackdown on indecency is hurting the broadcast industry while giving cable, which is not regulated for off-color programming, a free pass, National Association of Broadcasters joint board Chairman Phil Lombardo said in a speech Thursday.

“My hope is that policymakers ultimately agree that local broadcasters serving local citizens are the best arbiters of program choices and are capable of making those decisions with limited government involvement,” Mr. Lombardo said in a speech to the Media Institute in Washington. “At the same time that indecency regulations are being ratcheted up against local broadcasters, cable giants like Comcast and Time Warner are raking in hundreds of millions a year from pay-per-view, hard-core pornography.”