Religious broadcasters oppose cable á la carte

The Faith and Family Broadcasting Coalition says the change would reduce the distribution of religious and faith-based inspirational programming.
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A group of religious TV broadcasters said FCC chairman Kevin Martin’s proposed á la carte model for cable television operators would “devastate” religious broadcasting.

The Faith and Family Broadcasting Coalition argued that an FCC-forced change to subscriber-selected cable programming would limit and reduce the distribution of religious and faith-based inspirational programming.

“A per-channel charge would dramatically limit, if not kill, the availability of religious-based programming on cable,” said Colby May, a spokesman for the coalition. “For 25 years, the bundled-channel model of cable distribution has allowed religious programmers to be a dynamic and important part of the cable marketplace. A government mandate to force abandonment of channel bundling and substituting in á la carte regime is misguided and threatens that historic distribution.”