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National Black Religious Broadcasters

PO Box 2206 

Norwalk, CT 06852

Phone: 914-548-5639

rev. revdrsew1@cs.com 

 

 

   

Contact:

Rev. Sheldon Williams

914-548-5639

 

June 3, 2012

For Immediate Release

 

 

The National Black Religious Broadcasters Urge Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to Keep the Viewability Rule in Place

 

Rule change will deny our members the right to spread the Gospel

 

Washington, DC - The National Black Religious Broadcasters (NBRB) is a national coalition of over 10,000 black religious broadcasters would like to express our concerns that the expiration of the "viewability" rule could have a serious negative impact on viewers of faith-based programming throughout the country. Much of this programming is viewed on must-carry television stations.

 

We would like to ensure that our content reaches everyone who would like to see it - including those consumers that cannot afford, or are not aware that they need, a new cable box.

 

The Rev. Sheldon Williams, President of NBRB says, "if the FCC changes the viewability rule this would be grossly unfair to black religious broadcasters throughout the country. Therefore, we strongly urge the Federal Communications Commission to extend the rule because many of our 10,000 members will be directly and adversely affected by the in action of the FCC. NBRB believe that by extending the viewability rule it will signal the FCC commitment to small and independent broadcasters. We plan to work hard to make sure that this extension is a reality"

 

As we understand it, the Commission is considering letting the rule that now makes sure must-carry stations be viewable by all cable viewers expire. We fear that this could have a devastating impact on our viewers, because many of them rely on analog cable service. Currently, roughly 22 percent of cable subscribers rely on analog service and many more use analog service on second and third TVs.

 

The end of the viewability rule would allow cable providers to basically cut off must-carry stations from those viewers. In order to access our content, these consumers would be forced to go through the hassle and expense of purchasing and installing a new converter box.   Ending the viewability rule would transfer the burden of complying with these requirements from cable providers to consumers.

 

The end of the rule also will reduce programming diversity. Our broadcasters offer unique faith-based programming targeting often underserved audiences. The stations that carry our programs are generally independent and cannot afford the lost viewership that is likely to result from allowing the current viewability rule to expire.

 

Today broadcast television is also making great strides in offering new opportunities for African-American voices, and now is the wrong time to take a step backward. NBRB members are not asking for a special rule or favor. We believe that cable providers should not have the ability to discriminate against small local broadcast stations that serve audiences who desire faith-based programming.

 

 

About NBRB

 

The National Black Religious Broadcasters (NBRB) is a national coalition of over 10,000 black religious broadcasters throughout the country who utilize broadcast and cable television, the internet and radio to host their ministries and spread the gospel according to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  

 

16Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. 17And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  

 

19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 

NBRB truly believes in the Great Commission, the ethics and teachings of Jesus and His commandment over our lives. This verse of scripture is the central cause of our missionary zeal to spread the Good News through broadcast and cable television, radio and internet. We intend to save the world with this powerful gospel.

 

Rev._Anthony_Evans

 

 
National Black Religious Broadcasters

National Black Religious Broadcasters

PO Box 2206 

Norwalk, CT 06852

Phone: 914-548-5639

rev. revdrsew1@cs.com 

 

 

   

Contact:

Rev. Sheldon Williams

914-548-5639

 

June 3, 2012

For Immediate Release

 

 

The National Black Religious Broadcasters Urge Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to Keep the Viewability Rule in Place

 

Rule change will deny our members the right to spread the Gospel

 

Washington, DC - The National Black Religious Broadcasters (NBRB) is a national coalition of over 10,000 black religious broadcasters would like to express our concerns that the expiration of the "viewability" rule could have a serious negative impact on viewers of faith-based programming throughout the country. Much of this programming is viewed on must-carry television stations.

 

We would like to ensure that our content reaches everyone who would like to see it - including those consumers that cannot afford, or are not aware that they need, a new cable box.

 

The Rev. Sheldon Williams, President of NBRB says, "if the FCC changes the viewability rule this would be grossly unfair to black religious broadcasters throughout the country. Therefore, we strongly urge the Federal Communications Commission to extend the rule because many of our 10,000 members will be directly and adversely affected by the in action of the FCC. NBRB believe that by extending the viewability rule it will signal the FCC commitment to small and independent broadcasters. We plan to work hard to make sure that this extension is a reality"

 

As we understand it, the Commission is considering letting the rule that now makes sure must-carry stations be viewable by all cable viewers expire. We fear that this could have a devastating impact on our viewers, because many of them rely on analog cable service. Currently, roughly 22 percent of cable subscribers rely on analog service and many more use analog service on second and third TVs.

 

The end of the viewability rule would allow cable providers to basically cut off must-carry stations from those viewers. In order to access our content, these consumers would be forced to go through the hassle and expense of purchasing and installing a new converter box.   Ending the viewability rule would transfer the burden of complying with these requirements from cable providers to consumers.

 

The end of the rule also will reduce programming diversity. Our broadcasters offer unique faith-based programming targeting often underserved audiences. The stations that carry our programs are generally independent and cannot afford the lost viewership that is likely to result from allowing the current viewability rule to expire.

 

Today broadcast television is also making great strides in offering new opportunities for African-American voices, and now is the wrong time to take a step backward. NBRB members are not asking for a special rule or favor. We believe that cable providers should not have the ability to discriminate against small local broadcast stations that serve audiences who desire faith-based programming.

 

 

About NBRB

 

The National Black Religious Broadcasters (NBRB) is a national coalition of over 10,000 black religious broadcasters throughout the country who utilize broadcast and cable television, the internet and radio to host their ministries and spread the gospel according to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  

 

16Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, into a mountain where Jesus had appointed them. 17And when they saw him, they worshipped him: but some doubted. 18And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.  

 

19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

 

NBRB truly believes in the Great Commission, the ethics and teachings of Jesus and His commandment over our lives. This verse of scripture is the central cause of our missionary zeal to spread the Good News through broadcast and cable television, radio and internet. We intend to save the world with this powerful gospel.

 

Rev._Anthony_Evans

 

 
The National Black Church Initiative Calls on The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to Extend the Viewability Rule

National Black Church Initiative

P.O. Box 65177

Washington, DC 20035

202-744-0184

dcbci2002@gmail.com

www.naltblackchurch.com

 

Contact:

Rev. Anthony Evans

202-744-0184

 

June 3, 2012

For Immediate Release

 

 

The National Black Church Initiative Calls on The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to Extend the Viewability Rule

 

If not extended this will harm the church-based broadcasters and limit access

 

Washington, DC - The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) a coalition of 34,000 churches spanning 15 denominations and representing 15.7 million African Americans would like to express our concerns that the expiration of the "viewability" rule could have a serious negative impact on viewers of faith-based programming throughout the country. Much of this programming is viewed on must-carry television stations.

 

We would like to ensure that our content reaches everyone who would like to see it - including those consumers that cannot afford, or are not aware that they need, a new cable box.

 

The Rev. Anthony Evans, President of NBCI says, "we strongly believe that it is the job of the FCC to assure that minority church-based broadcasters should receive the same consideration as large cable operators. We strongly urge the Federal Communications Commission to extend the rule because many of our 15.7 million members will be directly and adversely affected by the FCC not extending the viewability rule. We plan to fight for our right to have comprehensive access to all cable systems whether it is analog, digital or hybrid systems. We plan to let our congressional representative know our position. We will use the full force of the Black Church to be heard on this issue."

 

As we understand it, the Commission is considering letting the rule that now makes sure must-carry stations be viewable by all cable viewers expire. We fear that this could have a devastating impact on our viewers, because many of them rely on analog cable service. Currently, roughly 22 percent of cable subscribers rely on analog service and many more use analog service on second and third TVs.

 

The end of the viewability rule would allow cable providers to basically cut off must-carry stations from those viewers. In order to access our content, these consumers would be forced to go through the hassle and expense of purchasing and installing a new converter box.   Ending the viewability rule would transfer the burden of complying with these requirements from cable providers to consumers.

 

Rev. Mark McCleary, Chair of NBCI Minister Alliance is leading an all out effort to notify NBCI members about this possible rule change. "We have notified over11,000 of our churches who plan to make phone calls and write the FCC on this issue. We want to send a clear message to the FCC. Please do not cast us aside in order to cater to big cable businesses over the objection of minority church-based broadcasters. Our tax dollars built and continues to sustain the public airwaves and we deserve just as much access as any other broadcasters regardless of its size and we will fight to be heard."

 

The end of the rule also will reduce programming diversity. Our broadcasters offer unique faith-based programming targeting often underserved audiences. The stations that carry our programs are generally independent and cannot afford the lost viewership that is likely to result from allowing the current viewability rule to expire.

 

Today broadcast television is also making great strides in offering new opportunities for African-American voices, and now is the wrong time to take a step backward. NBCI members are not asking for a special rule or favor. We believe that cable providers should not have the ability to discriminate against small local broadcast stations that serve audiences who desire faith-based programming.

 

To the extent that a cable provider continues to offer some analog programming to its subscribers, we believe they should continue to provide must-carry signals in analog as well.

While our content may not compete with sports or entertainment programming, to the viewers who rely on us, it is no less important. We ask that the Commission carefully consider our viewers as it deliberates on whether to extend this rule.

 

About NBCI

 

The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 African American and

Latino churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education,

housing, and the environment. NBCI's mission is to provide critical wellness information to all

of its members, congregants, churches and the public. The National Black Church Initiative's

methodology is utilizing faith and sound health science. The National Black Church Initiative's

purpose is to partner with major organizations and officials whose main mission is to reduce

racial disparities in the variety of areas cited above. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the-box and

cutting edge solutions to stubborn economic and social issues. NBCI's programs are governed by

credible statistical analysis, science based strategies and techniques, and methods that work.

Visit our website at www.naltblackchurch.com.

 

Rev._Anthony_Evans

 
The National Black Church Initiative Calls on The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to Extend the Viewability Rule

National Black Church Initiative

P.O. Box 65177

Washington, DC 20035

202-744-0184

dcbci2002@gmail.com

www.naltblackchurch.com

 

Contact:

Rev. Anthony Evans

202-744-0184

 

June 3, 2012

For Immediate Release

 

 

The National Black Church Initiative Calls on The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to Extend the Viewability Rule

 

If not extended this will harm the church-based broadcasters and limit access

 

Washington, DC - The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) a coalition of 34,000 churches spanning 15 denominations and representing 15.7 million African Americans would like to express our concerns that the expiration of the "viewability" rule could have a serious negative impact on viewers of faith-based programming throughout the country. Much of this programming is viewed on must-carry television stations.

 

We would like to ensure that our content reaches everyone who would like to see it - including those consumers that cannot afford, or are not aware that they need, a new cable box.

 

The Rev. Anthony Evans, President of NBCI says, "we strongly believe that it is the job of the FCC to assure that minority church-based broadcasters should receive the same consideration as large cable operators. We strongly urge the Federal Communications Commission to extend the rule because many of our 15.7 million members will be directly and adversely affected by the FCC not extending the viewability rule. We plan to fight for our right to have comprehensive access to all cable systems whether it is analog, digital or hybrid systems. We plan to let our congressional representative know our position. We will use the full force of the Black Church to be heard on this issue."

 

As we understand it, the Commission is considering letting the rule that now makes sure must-carry stations be viewable by all cable viewers expire. We fear that this could have a devastating impact on our viewers, because many of them rely on analog cable service. Currently, roughly 22 percent of cable subscribers rely on analog service and many more use analog service on second and third TVs.

 

The end of the viewability rule would allow cable providers to basically cut off must-carry stations from those viewers. In order to access our content, these consumers would be forced to go through the hassle and expense of purchasing and installing a new converter box.   Ending the viewability rule would transfer the burden of complying with these requirements from cable providers to consumers.

 

Rev. Mark McCleary, Chair of NBCI Minister Alliance is leading an all out effort to notify NBCI members about this possible rule change. "We have notified over11,000 of our churches who plan to make phone calls and write the FCC on this issue. We want to send a clear message to the FCC. Please do not cast us aside in order to cater to big cable businesses over the objection of minority church-based broadcasters. Our tax dollars built and continues to sustain the public airwaves and we deserve just as much access as any other broadcasters regardless of its size and we will fight to be heard."

 

The end of the rule also will reduce programming diversity. Our broadcasters offer unique faith-based programming targeting often underserved audiences. The stations that carry our programs are generally independent and cannot afford the lost viewership that is likely to result from allowing the current viewability rule to expire.

 

Today broadcast television is also making great strides in offering new opportunities for African-American voices, and now is the wrong time to take a step backward. NBCI members are not asking for a special rule or favor. We believe that cable providers should not have the ability to discriminate against small local broadcast stations that serve audiences who desire faith-based programming.

 

To the extent that a cable provider continues to offer some analog programming to its subscribers, we believe they should continue to provide must-carry signals in analog as well.

While our content may not compete with sports or entertainment programming, to the viewers who rely on us, it is no less important. We ask that the Commission carefully consider our viewers as it deliberates on whether to extend this rule.

 

About NBCI

 

The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 African American and

Latino churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education,

housing, and the environment. NBCI's mission is to provide critical wellness information to all

of its members, congregants, churches and the public. The National Black Church Initiative's

methodology is utilizing faith and sound health science. The National Black Church Initiative's

purpose is to partner with major organizations and officials whose main mission is to reduce

racial disparities in the variety of areas cited above. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the-box and

cutting edge solutions to stubborn economic and social issues. NBCI's programs are governed by

credible statistical analysis, science based strategies and techniques, and methods that work.

Visit our website at www.naltblackchurch.com.

 

Rev._Anthony_Evans

 
The National Black Church Initiative calls on
                                      National Black Church Initiative
P.O. Box 65177
Washington, DC 20035
202-744-0184
www.naltblackchurch.com
Contact:
Rev. Anthony Evans
202-744-0184

May 8, 2011
For Immediate Release

The National Black Church Initiative calls on
President Obama to Declare his support for
Jobs for Black People not for Gay Marriage

We have a 25% unemployment rate

Washington, DC - The National Black Church Initiative, a faith-based coalition of 34,000
churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans, is sad to see that
the Obama administration is sending the gay marriage political trail balloon up again. We love
our gay brother and sisters, but the black church will never support gay marriage. It is and it
always will be against the ethics and teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The church believes that anyone who violates the teachings of Christ should be denied the right
to communion. President Obama is using the Vice-President Biden and Secretary of Education
Duncan as trail balloons.

NBCI begs President Obama in Christ not to declare his support for same-sex marriage. It would
harm his soul and undermine his Christian witness.

Rev. Anthony Evans, President of NBCI says "the current move by the Obama administration on
same sex marriage will cost him support from the black church. The administration knows all
too well that even though we love the President, the black church will never support same sex
marriage. They must stop taking black voters for granted. We view this as pandering to the gay
community after they have done more for them than for the black community. We do not need
to talk about same sex marriage. The black community only wants to talk about jobs, jobs and
jobs."

The President and the Democratic Party should also be prepared to lose 15 to 25 percent of the
Black Christian vote. The Black Church will never support anyone or any issues that go against
our personal faith and belief in God, Christ Jesus and the Bible.

We are appealing to President Obama to use your energy to bring jobs to our community. Black
unemployment is 25%, including those who have given up looking for work. 70% of black youth
do not have jobs and there is 50% black male unemployment in every major American city. We
do not want your administration to be only concern with gay rights, how about our rights --
Trayvon Martin and our black families.
We too are Americans.

About NBCI
The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 African American and
Latino churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education,
housing, and the environment. NBCI's mission is to provide critical wellness information to all
of its members, congregants, churches and the public. The National Black Church Initiative's
methodology is utilizing faith and sound health science. The National Black Church Initiative's
purpose is to partner with major organizations and officials whose main mission is to reduce
racial disparities in the variety of areas cited above. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the-box and
cutting edge solutions to stubborn economic and social issues. NBCI's programs are governed by
credible statistical analysis, science based strategies and techniques, and methods that work.
Visit our website at www.naltblackchurch.com.#
##
Rev._Anthony_Evans
 
The National Black Church Initiative calls on
                                      National Black Church Initiative
P.O. Box 65177
Washington, DC 20035
202-744-0184
www.naltblackchurch.com
Contact:
Rev. Anthony Evans
202-744-0184

May 8, 2011
For Immediate Release

The National Black Church Initiative calls on
President Obama to Declare his support for
Jobs for Black People not for Gay Marriage

We have a 25% unemployment rate

Washington, DC - The National Black Church Initiative, a faith-based coalition of 34,000
churches comprised of 15 denominations and 15.7 million African Americans, is sad to see that
the Obama administration is sending the gay marriage political trail balloon up again. We love
our gay brother and sisters, but the black church will never support gay marriage. It is and it
always will be against the ethics and teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ.

The church believes that anyone who violates the teachings of Christ should be denied the right
to communion. President Obama is using the Vice-President Biden and Secretary of Education
Duncan as trail balloons.

NBCI begs President Obama in Christ not to declare his support for same-sex marriage. It would
harm his soul and undermine his Christian witness.

Rev. Anthony Evans, President of NBCI says "the current move by the Obama administration on
same sex marriage will cost him support from the black church. The administration knows all
too well that even though we love the President, the black church will never support same sex
marriage. They must stop taking black voters for granted. We view this as pandering to the gay
community after they have done more for them than for the black community. We do not need
to talk about same sex marriage. The black community only wants to talk about jobs, jobs and
jobs."

The President and the Democratic Party should also be prepared to lose 15 to 25 percent of the
Black Christian vote. The Black Church will never support anyone or any issues that go against
our personal faith and belief in God, Christ Jesus and the Bible.

We are appealing to President Obama to use your energy to bring jobs to our community. Black
unemployment is 25%, including those who have given up looking for work. 70% of black youth
do not have jobs and there is 50% black male unemployment in every major American city. We
do not want your administration to be only concern with gay rights, how about our rights --
Trayvon Martin and our black families.
We too are Americans.

About NBCI
The National Black Church Initiative (NBCI) is a coalition of 34,000 African American and
Latino churches working to eradicate racial disparities in healthcare, technology, education,
housing, and the environment. NBCI's mission is to provide critical wellness information to all
of its members, congregants, churches and the public. The National Black Church Initiative's
methodology is utilizing faith and sound health science. The National Black Church Initiative's
purpose is to partner with major organizations and officials whose main mission is to reduce
racial disparities in the variety of areas cited above. NBCI offers faith-based, out-of-the-box and
cutting edge solutions to stubborn economic and social issues. NBCI's programs are governed by
credible statistical analysis, science based strategies and techniques, and methods that work.
Visit our website at www.naltblackchurch.com.#
##
Rev._Anthony_Evans
 
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