Broadcasters assured emergency access with new law

January 9, 2013 01:30

A bill to ensuring broadcasters and cable operators in Illinois can gain access to their operations during emergencies has passed the state's legislature and is awaiting the governor's signature.

As reported by, the measure would allow credentialed members of the media to reach their stations in emergency situation, and allow fuel to be delivered to backup generators to keep stations on the air in the event of power failures.

The Illinois Broadcasters Association credits law enforcement officials and the state's emergency management agency for supporting the bill and will work with the agency to design training for earning emergency credentials.