KBJR Vice President responds to Al Franken ad featuring station anchor

By KBJR News 1

August 6, 2014 Updated Aug 6, 2014 at 8:23 PM CST

DULUTH, Minn. (NNCNOW.com) --- The number of political advertisements is growing every day as the campaign for the November election heats up.

One recent advertisement, getting attention, is an ad touting U.S. Senator Al Franken's (D-MN) work on a work force training bill.

The ad includes a portion of a KBJR news broadcast in which we aired a story about work force training legislation.

Some have expressed concerns about our news department's role in this commercial.

David Jensch, the Vice President and Station Manager of KBJR and KDLH, stressed that Senator Franken and his campaign did not have KBJR's permission to use the news clip in its TV ad.

"It's very important that the viewers here in the Northland understand that KBJR and KDLH have no political bias, have no preference with candidates, and would never take a position in a political campaign," Jensch said Wednesday. "This is an ad that we can't stop, it's airing all over the state of Minnesota and we don't like it, but legally there is nothing we can do about it."

Jensch said he checked with station lawyers and was told that Franken's ad does not infringe on copyright laws because it falls under the "fair use" exception.

Nick Minock
nminock@kbjr.com