Panel of top execs at NAB, NCTA and CES highlights Oct. 3 conference in Washington, while host MSTV celebrates 50th anniversary.
The Association for Maximum Service Television is calling a panel at its upcoming 20th annual television conference “Confronting Fundamental Change,” but it might well be titled “Confronting Fundamental Differences.”
The panel comprises the top executives at three powerful TV industry lobbies—David Rehr, of the National Association of Broadcasters; Kyle McSlarrow, of the National Cable & Telecommunications Association; and Gary Shapiro, of the Consumer Electronics Association.
The three have different constituencies and different ideas about how the government should manage the TV industry, particularly TV broadcasting’s final two-and-a-half-year transition to digital.
David Donovan, president of MSTV, which has its own ideas about broadcasting policy, will moderate the session.
It is slated for Oct. 3 in Washington at the Ronald Reagan Building (Atrium Ballroom B) and will lead into a reception celebrating the association’s 50th anniversary.
The luncheon keynote will be delivered by John M. R. Kneuer, acting head of the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration. NTIA is administering a federal program to equip consumers with set-top boxes that will allow them to continue to receive over-the-air broadcast signals after the digital transition.
Other highlights include a panel with top TV station heads (Jay Ireland, NBC; Paul Karpowicz, Meredith; Paul McTear, Raycom Media; and James Yager, Barrington Broadcasting) and others with the media advisers to the FCC commissioners and with Hill staffers involved in communications policy.