Sens. AMY KLOBUCHAR (D-MN) and JOHN KENNEDY (R-LA) have reintroduced the Journalism Competitors and Preservation Act, the invoice to permit information organizations, together with broadcasters, to collectively negotiate phrases of distribution with social media platforms, within the SENATE. The invoice handed the SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE final SEPTEMBER however failed to succeed in a vote of the complete SENATE earlier than the time period concluded. This 12 months’s try comes with a bipartisan listing of co-sponsors, together with Sens. DICK DURBIN (D-IL), STEVE DAINES (R-MT), RICHARD BLUMENTHAL (D-CT), BILL CASSIDY (R-LA), SHELDON WHITEHOUSE (D-RI), LINDSEY GRAHAM (R-SC), SUSAN COLLINS (R-ME), JOE MANCHIN (D-WV), CYNTHIA LUMMIS (R-WY), CORY BOOKER (D-NJ), and ROGER WICKER (R-MS).
The revived invoice met with plaudits from the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS, whose Pres./CEO CURTIS LEGEYT issued an announcement saying, “NAB commends the continued management of Sens. KLOBUCHAR, KENNEDY and their bipartisan cosponsors with the reintroduction of the Journalism Competitors and Preservation Act. Within the present media panorama, native information shops – together with native tv and radio stations – are on the mercy of a handful of Huge Tech gatekeepers whose anticompetitive phrases devalue our content material when it’s more and more accessed on-line. This laws would degree the enjoying discipline by enabling truthful negotiations and elevated funding in native newsrooms.”