QVC JOINS TURNER IN CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE
QVC JOINS TURNER IN CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE WEST CHESTER, Pa., Oct. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- QVC Network, Inc.
(NASDAQ: QVCN) announced today it has joined Turner Broadcasting System in challenging the constitutionality of the must-carry and channel positioning provisions of the recently enacted cable act.
An Amended Complaint For Declaratory and Injunctive Relief, adding QVC Network as a plaintiff, will be filed in Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. v. Federal Communications Commission and United States of America, an action now pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The complaint asks the court to issue an injunction barring the Federal Communications Commission from enforcing certain provisions of the Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992 and to declare the must-carry and channel positioning provisions unconstitutional. A special three-judge panel of the federal district court has been appointed to hear this case. If the district court finds the must-carry and/or the channel positioning provisions of the act unconstitutional, the government will have a right of direct appeal to the Supreme Court. Joseph M. Segel, chairman of QVC, stated, "We believe that the precedents set by the two previous cases on must-carry should be upheld, since the must-carry provisions of the new cable act similarly violate the First Amendment in attempting to override the editorial discretion of cable systems and in favoring one category of speakers, over-the-air broadcasters, over another category of speakers, cable networks. Additionally, the proposed uncompensated expropriation and repositioning of cable channels is a multi-faceted violation of Fifth Amendment protection of private property. It is regrettable that Congress did not give adequate consideration to the constitutionality of these provisions before enacting the bill, but we are confident that the federal judges will protect the constitutional rights of all parties." /delval/ -0- 10/27/92 /CONTACT: Neal Grabell of QVC Network, 215-430-8974/ (QVCN) CO: QVC Network, Inc.; Turner Broadcasting System; Federal Communications Commission ST: Pennsylvania, District of Columbia, Georgia IN: ENT SU:
LJ-JR -- PH034 -- 5485 10/27/92 14:05 EST
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