NAB’s new president tells AWRT that retransmission consent compensation is “only a matter of time.”
NAB President David Rehr said today that the trade group would aid broadcasters in their quest to wring retransmission consent dollars out of cable.
Promising a more assertive and pro-active trade association in a speech before the American Women in Radio & Television in Washington, Rehr said NAB would help make sure “that our distribution partners recognize the value of our local content—especially the large cable monopolies.
“It’s only a matter of time until all those who distribute our broadcast signals recognize that broadcasters will be compensated for their content,” he added.
After the speech, Rehr confirmed that he is interested in working on retransmission consent, but declined to elaborate on what he has in mind.
Under a 1992 law, cable operators may not carry TV broadcast signals without permission—that is retransmission consent—of the broadcasters that own the signals. Broadcasters have sought cash from operators in exchange for consent but most have failed to get it.