Todd Shields writes: "... Broadcasters are loath to publicly oppose the notion of hustling spectrum over to first responders. But they worry about losing chunks of their audience—the 21 million households who rely on over-the-air reception and would need new equipment to receive digital signals. Many of those people are not prosperous, like those stuck in New Orleans during Katrina. 'We make the point that broadcasters play a critical role in times of peril,' said Dennis Wharton, spokesman for the National Association of Broadcasters. 'Broadcasters are undoubtedly a lifeline service.' ..." Link: Mediaweek.