NAB Leadership Foundation Announces Host And Celebrity Presenters For Celebration Of Service To America Awards

Actor and television host Mario Lopez will emcee the live, in-person event honoring broadcasters’ public service. Presenters include CBS Sports’ James Brown, ABC News’ Juju Chang, musician/singer Maggie Rose and syndicated radio show host Angela Yee.

Alex Siciliano Joins NAB As Senior Communications Strategist

The National Association of Broadcasters announced today that Alex Siciliano has joined the organization as senior communications strategist, effective April 27. Siciliano reports to Michelle Lehman, NAB chief of staff and executive vice president of public affairs. In the newly created position, Siciliano will lead NAB’s public relations efforts on key advocacy issues, developing and […]

NAB Opens State-of-the-Art Media Production Facility At Headquarters Building

The National Association of Broadcasters announced today the completion of a new state-of-the-art media production facility at NAB’s headquarters, located at 1 M Street, SE in Washington, D.C. The buildout of the facility, including a studio and media hub, was made possible by donations of critical equipment and studio design services from leading companies in […]

NAB To FCC: Time To Wrap Up Ownership Rule Review

The FCC should conclude its long-overdue, congressionally mandated quadrennial review of whether its media ownership regulations are necessary in the public interest, NAB CEO Curtis LeGeyt told FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel earlier this month, according to an FCC filing. A politically tied FCC is unlikely to approve reregulation of broadcasters and so far there has been no movement on a Senate confirmation vote on Gigi Sohn, the Democratic nominee who would break that tie.

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Vendors Eager For ‘Reimagined’ NAB Show

With attendance predicted at around 60,000 with nearly 1,000 vendors, the NAB Show in Las Vegas next week will likely be down from its pre-pandemic numbers. However, vendors say that a more focused, less congested show might not be a bad thing.

Broadcasters Reduce 6 GHz Spectrum Carveout Ask

Broadcasters said they are willing to compromise on the amount of licensed spectrum they have wanted the FCC to carve out of the 6 GHz band. That came in a letter to the commission from the National Association of Broadcasters, which has been trying to insure that licensed mobile operations can preserve a protected space — including guard bands — as the FCC opens up the band for unlicensed use.

NAB Urges Broadcasters To Scrap Russian State-Sponsored Content

NAB: Streaming Needs To Get Its Competitive Due

Whether it is Spotify or Netflix, streaming platforms compete with broadcasters for eyes, ears and ad dollars and the FCC’s regulatory approach must reflect that. The National Association of Broadcasters tried to hammer home that point in an ex parte filing with the FCC over media ownership regulations.

NAB: FCC’s ‘Pointless’ Foreign Sponsorship Mandate Targets ‘Phantom Harm’

Broadcasters told a federal appeals court that the FCC’s decision to make broadcasters affirmatively investigate whether programming — including ads and infomercials — was being paid for by foreign entities was an arbitrary and capricious, unconstitutional response to a “phantom” problem.

NAB: FCC’s ‘Pointless’ Foreign Sponsorship Mandate Targets ‘Phantom Harm’

Broadcasters told a federal appeals court that the FCC’s decision to make broadcasters affirmatively investigate whether programming — including ads and infomercials — was being paid for by foreign entities was an arbitrary and capricious, unconstitutional response to a “phantom” problem.

NAB Lays Out Top Policy Priorities For 117th Congress

They include preserving local journalism, opposing a performance tax on radio stations, increasing diversity and relaxing station ownership rules.

Gordon Smith to Receive Distinguished Service Award

The association’s former leader will be honored at this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas on April 25.

NAB President Curtis LeGeyt Shares Vision, Outlook For Broadcasting

NAB members are briefed on legislative and regulatory issues facing the industry by the trade association’s new CEO and other execs.

‘Product Of The Year’ Awards Return For 2022 NAB Show

NAB Show will present the fourth annual Product of the Year Awards at the 2022 NAB Show. The awards, which recognize the most significant and promising new products and technologies exhibited at NAB Show, will be announced on Tuesday, April 26 at an awards ceremony and cocktail party held at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The nomination […]

2022 Celebration Of Service To America Awards Entry Window Now Open

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Leadership Foundation is now accepting entries for the 2022 Celebration of Service to America Awards. The Celebration of Service to America Awards, presented by Bonneville International and Hearst Television, honors the impact and excellence in community service and philanthropy by local radio and television stations across the country. The 2022 […]

Bradford Caldwell Joins NAB As Member Experience VP

He will be responsible for all aspects of the NAB member experience, including content, programming, networking, and other engagement strategies that provide value to members and their businesses.

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Fighting For Local Journalism

In his first blog post as NAB President-CEO, Curtis LeGeyt pledges NAB’s continued advocacy for policies ensuring a level playing field that allows broadcasters to compete against Big Tech platforms and preserve local journalism.

Curtis LeGeyt Now NAB President-CEO

He succeeds Gordon Smith. Michelle Lehman is named to the newly created chief of staff role.

Broadcasters Seek Stay Of Foreign Ownership Disclosure Rule

Broadcasters have asked a federal court to stay the FCC’s implementation of the decision to boost disclosure requirements for foreign government-sponsored programming until that court can hear their appeal of the decision.

Broadcasters Oppose FCC Disaster Reporting Mandate

The National Association of Broadcasters is telling the FCC that it should not mandate participation in the Disaster Information Reporting System, a mandate that could pull staffers away from maintaining service in a natural disaster to “fill out a government form.”

NAB Troubled By Sohn’s Locast Connection

NAB CEO Gordon Smith: “Although NAB does not currently oppose the nomination of Gigi Sohn, we have serious concerns about her involvement as one of three directors of the illegal streaming service Locast.”

NAB’s Gordon Smith: 9 Lessons For Broadcasters

In his final State of the Industry address before leaving the association, Gordon Smith, President-CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters, laid out nine lessons for the industry that started with the importance of negotiating and included the admonition that the “NAB should never register Republican or Democrat, but as human, local and American. We uphold and defend American values, such as factual journalism and the First Amendment. Neither party satisfies 100% of our issues. We need friends on both sides of the aisle.”

Griffin Appointed To NAB TV Board of Directors

David Griffin, president and CEO of Griffin Communications, has been named to the National Association of Broadcasters Television Board of Directors by Television Board Chair Perry Sook.

Tech Vendors Wrestle With NAB Void

Last week’s late cancellation of the NAB Show in October has dealt another major blow to the media technology industry. The ripple effects, vendors say, will be far ranging.

Women In Technology Awards To Be Presented Virtually

TVNewsCheck’s 11th annual Women in Technology Awards will be presented, live on Zoom, at 1 p.m. ET on October 12. The same event will feature the 2021 honorees in a moderated conversation, “Technology in a Changing Media Ecosystem: Predictions for 2022.” To attend, please register here.

NAB: FCC’s Own Policies Hurt Media Diversity

Industry group cites ‘outdated’ ownership rules’ impact on competitiveness against Big Tech.

NAB Launches Ad Campaign Emphasizing Importance of Trusted, Local Broadcast News

The series of spots highlight the role of broadcasters in combatting misinformation.

Broadcasters Ask FCC to Stay Order Requiring Disclosures Of Foreign Government-Sponsored Programming

The National Association of Broadcasters, the Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council and the National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters have asked the FCC to delay implementation until the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit rules on the issue.

Pilot Announces Winners Of Its 2021 Innovation Challenge

Pilot, an innovation initiative of the National Association of Broadcasters, today announced two winners of the 2021 Pilot Innovation Challenge. Winners will receive relevant mentorship, feedback, travel support and exhibit space at the 2021 NAB Show, held Oct. 9-13 in Las Vegas. Individuals, companies, academic institutions and nonprofit organizations submitted applications to address the challenge […]

NAB Names Anna Chauvet Public Policy VP

Anna Chauvet has joined the National Association of Broadcasters in the newly created post of vice president of public policy. She reports to Shawn Donilon, executive vice president of government relations.

NAB To FCC: Don’t Charge Us For Broadband Mapping Effort

Broadcasters this month pressed the FCC to change course and not force TV and radio stations to pay for a portion of the FCC broadband data collection, from which they said they derive no benefit. The National Association of Broadcasters, in meetings with the FCC’s Office of Managing Director, said that should only make regulated industries pay user fees on activities that have at least minimal relevance to that industry.

Conventions Lean Toward In-Person Events

With vaccination levels approaching 70% of the adult population, several cable and broadcast conventions, including NAB, CES and SCTE, are planning on making the 2021 slate at least partly an in-person experience for the first time since 2019.

David Santrella Elected NAB Joint Board Chair

Nexstar’s Perry Sook elected TV chair while Townsquare Media’s Bill Wilson becomes radio chair.

NAB: Court Decision Means FCC Is Free To Charge Big Tech

The National Association of Broadcasters said a recent appeals court decision has established the precedent for commission authority to levy regulatory fees on Big Tech. NAB has been pushing the FCC to start charging Big Tech and other unlicensed spectrum users such a fee, as it does broadcasters and other FCC licensees and said it is now clear the FCC has the authority to make it happen.

NAB Announces Winners Of 2021 Technology Awards

The National Association of Broadcasters has unveiled the recipients of the Digital Leadership Award, NAB Engineering Achievement Awards for Radio and Television and the Service to Broadcast Engineering Award. The winners were honored during The Future of Media and NAB Technology Awards, a special event hosted exclusively on NAB Amplify. NAB Digital Leadership Award Established […]

Network Affiliates Push FCC For OTT Must Carry

There is a major difference of opinion between the National Association of Broadcasters and the network affiliate broadcaster associations over whether the FCC should require streaming services to deliver emergency alerts. NAB says no, while network affiliates say yes, definitely. All they need to do is carry local TV station signals on their streaming services, which they are pushing the FCC to mandate.

NAB Pledges Diversity In Policy Advocacy

The National Association of Broadcasters has signed the Diversity in Government Relations Coalition Pledge to make sure that diversity is reflected not only in the industry, but in those advocating for industry policy positions.

NAB Objects To Proposed FCC Regulatory Fee Hike And Restructuring

The National Association of Broadcasters is expressing concern about the changes the FCC is proposing to make in calculating FY 2021 regulatory fees — objecting to both the increased amounts and proposed calculation methods. For the third consecutive year, the commission plans to increase fees to “unfair, unsustainable levels,” the NAB said in a filing with the commission.

Broadcasters Pledge Support for Vaccine Awareness National Month of Action

As founding members of the Biden Administration’s COVID-19 Community Corps, the National Association of Broadcasters is urging all local radio and television stations to help kick off a National Month of Action beginning June 4 to provide COVID-19 vaccine education and help ensure all Americans understand the importance of getting vaccinated. Organized by the White House […]

NAB To FCC: Don’t Extend EAS To Streamers

Broadcasters are telling the FCC that over-the-top video providers can’t be relied on to relay emergency alerts, saying that, at least currently, the technological challenges make it “extremely burdensome, and likely infeasible, to update the EAS system to enable alerts to consumers provided through the internet, including through streaming devices.”