posted on Dec, 17 2013 @ 11:50 AM
All I could wonder is this political conspiracy against Christian broadcasting , a big business profit grab or simply plain old logic? Looks like this
new bill may take away the rule that cable / satellite providers "must carry" local broadcaster affiliates. This could have a big impact on the
televangelists. Not sure who else would be effected but there must be some.
Is Congress Turning Off Your Televangelist?
Congress is trying to take televangelists from your televisions.
That's the argument from faith-based broadcasters who are pushing to preserve the nation's "must-carry" rules. The rules, which date back to 1992,
require cable and satellite companies to pick up local broadcast affiliates—even the small, less popular stations.
Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., is pushing legislation to scrap those rules as part of a broader effort to deregulate the airways. Online video and
expansive satellite lineups have given consumers so many options that the government no longer needs to decide who carries what, Scalise
Now I have no great care for any televangelist but there are many who do. Also this has the slight whiff of the cable / satellite providers backroom
maneuverings to me.
National Religious Broadcasters President Dr. Jerry Johnson [says] "These long-standing carriage rules ensure that viewers can access the
important and edifying programming their local Christian broadcasters offer free-of-charge."
Still, there seems to be some confusion about which broadcasters would be affected by the measure. Stephen Bell, Scalise's communications director,
said that "noncommercial" broadcasters would get to keep their must-carry protections, but he would not specify if networks such as CBN,
Trinity Broadcasting Network, and Eternal Word Television Network would qualify for that exemption.
On the other hand if anyone believes that most televanglists are "noncommercial" I've got a bridge to sell you. Just because they offer things for
a "donation" doesn't really make it a donation IMO.
Oh yes, to answer my initial question I'll go with "This is a big business profit grab."