NAB, LABF To Feature ‘100 Years Of Broadcast News’ Celebration At NAB Show New York

The commemoration of broadcasting’s centennial will spotlight legendary journalists and will feature Ted Koppel, Carol Marin, Soledad O’Brien and Robert Siegel. The program will also include a visit to the grounds of the old Westinghouse Electric works in Pittsburgh where the National Museum of Broadcasting has recreated the tiny rooftop shack that housed KDKA’s transmitter and studio on the night of its historic Nov. 2, 1920, broadcast of the election returns of the presidential race between Warren Harding and James Cox.

FCC OKs White Spaces Adjacent-Ch. Protections

Broadcasters have scored a victory in the debate with Microsoft over how the FCC should allow for more unlicensed broadband in the so-called white spaces between TV channels.

NAB To FCC: Don’t Stifle 3.0 Innovation

When it comes to the deployment of ATSC 3.0 and the new services that it can provide to broadcasting and beyond, the NAB tells the FCC it should take a “light regulatory touch.” On a call on Oct. 1, NAB spoke with the FCC Media Bureau on its Notice of Ex Parte Communication that deals with potential ATSC 3.0 regulations, specifically regarding new services that broadcasters could offer the public with the NextGen TV standard.

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NAB Launches First Amendment Campaign

The National Association of Broadcasters has launched a campaign to celebrate the 231st anniversary (Sept. 25) of the passage of the constitutional amendments that became the Bill of Rights, particularly the First Amendment that guaranteed free speech and a free press. The campaign focuses on the key role broadcasters play in upholding those freedoms, coming at a time when broadcasters are taking an economic hit.

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TVN Tech | Virtual IBC Spotlights Cloud Progress

The online event this week underscored 2020’s biggest TV tech trend — moving on-premise broadcast workflows and vendor products to the cloud — while anticipating 5G’s potential use in remote production. Above, a 5G-enabled camera used in a BBC-led trial exploring multi-camera synchronization.

Next Year’s NAB Show Rescheduled For October

NAB CEO Gordon Smith: “The pandemic remains a significant threat and the evidence suggests it will be well into next year before it could be under control in the U.S. We have decided to move the 2021 NAB Show, previously scheduled for April 11-14, to October 9-13, 2021, in Las Vegas. With a new date set for the 2021 NAB Show we are looking at the entirety of the calendar next year with fresh eyes.”

NAB: Tech Platforms Threaten Local Journalism

In comments to the House, the association’s CEO Gordon Smith says the digital giants’ dominance of advertising marketplace, control of online content put radio and TV broadcasters at competitive disadvantage.

NAB Launches Broadcast Resource Hub

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) today announced the launch of the Broadcast Resource Hub, a comprehensive one-stop-shop for resources, tools and information on the most relevant issues impacting radio and television stations. The online portal provides access to various resources created by NAB and the NAB Leadership Foundation (NABLF). “NAB has created a variety of […]

NAB Creating ‘NAB Amplify’ Digital Platform

The kind of programming offerings attendees get at the annual NAB Show will no longer be contained to a week in Las Vegas, as the organization has announced plans to launch NAB Amplify, a year-round digital platform designed to extend the impact of the NAB Show throughout the year.

NAB, Others Urge Funds For Tower Crew Training

Facing 5G wireless buildouts, broadcast NextGen TV buildouts and the C-band transition, communications associations are pushing Congress to pass legislation to help train the workforce that is needed for those infrastructure deployments.

NAB President Gordon Smith Suffers Stroke

Tuesday night, NAB President-CEO Gordon Smith suffered a stroke and was admitted to the hospital. According to NAB, he “is responding well to treatment, is stable and alert, and is resting comfortably. His prognosis is good, and he is expected to make a full recovery.”

NAB: No Evidence For Increasing Unlicensed Power Limits In 6 GHz

NAB Seeks Delay Of Video Description Expansion

The National Association of Broadcasters has asked the FCC to give stations in markets 61-100 more time before they are made subject to the FCC’s video description rules, which were mandated in the Twenty-First Century Communications and Video Accessibility Act of 2010. The organization cited the pandemic’s effects on some stations in mid-markets.

Broadcasters Challenge Carriage Mandates

Broadcasters are pushing back on cable arguments that leased-access rules represent an infringement on cable’s First Amendment rights, and for good reason. If broadcasters want to preserve their cable carriage mandate, which they definitely do in a world where most broadcast viewing is over cable and satellite retransmissions — the cord-cutting trend notwithstanding — they want to nip the First Amendment challenge to that other carriage mandate in the bud.

NAB: COVID-Hit Stations Face Need For Converting Foreign Debt Into Equity

Broadcasters are telling the FCC that the pandemic makes it that much more important to streamline reviews of foreign ownership in broadcast properties, in part because pandemic-hammered stations may need to convert foreign debt into equity to avoid defaulting on the loans.

Michelle Duke New NAB Chief Diversity Officer

The head of the NAB Leadership Foundation is tapped to head the association’s internal efforts to further equity and inclusion at all levels of the organization and elevate NAB’s external role as a resource to NAB member companies in their efforts to increase and promote industry diversity.

NAB Slams FCC For Fee Hike

The FCC has signaled it does not plan to change its plans to raise broadcast regulatory fees, a move that has the National Association of Broadcasters pushing back hard. The commission voted May 13 to propose collecting $339 million in regulatory fees for 2020, including the fee increase for broadcasters. But NAB said the FCC has not explained why it has denied broadcasters relief given the pandemic.

NAB: FCC Fees Approach ‘Unfair,’ ‘Unlawful’

The FCC’s approach to Fiscal Year 2020 regulatory fees for broadcasters is “patently unfair and likely unlawful,” ignoring the impact COVID-19 is having on the industry, according to comments filed by the NAB. The comments are in response to an FCC proposal that would require the commission to collect $339 million in regulatory fees for the fiscal year. While that amount is the same as last year, the NAB says that the FCC proposal would see many broadcasters have to pay increased regulatory fees for the second consecutive year.

NAB Announces Executive Committee Board

Emily Barr, president-CEO, Graham Media Group, was re-elected as NAB Television Board chair, while David Santrella, Salem Media Group president of broadcast media, was re-elected Radio Board chair, among other results

NAB Show New York To Be All Virtual

The online event will take place in fall 2020 and include TVNewsCheck’s TV2025 and Post|Production World Online, among other prominent conference programs. NAB says: “Our goal for the digital experience is to provide a valuable forum for the industry to restart, refocus and reengage.”

NAB Wants New Rules For Broadcast Internet

The National Association of Broadcasters this week recommended to the FCC that it adopt new ownership rules that would encourage broadcasters to offer “Broadcast Internet” services via ATSC 3.0 (aka NextGen TV).

NAB To FCC: Beware White Spaces Monster

Broadcasters are telling the FCC it should confine its white spaces item to the narrow changes agreed to by the National Association of Broadcasters and Microsoft and not range into other, murkier areas where Loch Ness monsters and Sasquatches lurk to muck up the compromise. That came in reply comments to the regulator’s proposal to make those changes. Other commenters wanted it to make some more adjustments.

Exit Interview With NAB’s Dennis Wharton

Dennis Wharton is exiting his post as chief spokesman and communications strategist for the National Association of Broadcasters at the end of June after 24 years, the longest such tenure in the group’s history. In a previous life, Wharton covered Washington as the D.C. bureau chief for Variety.

NAB: Virtual Show Attendance At 40,000+

The National Association of Broadcasters said that about 40,000 people have accessed its “inaugural” NAB Show Express online marketplace/event, which was the association’s effort to replicate, virtually, some of its canceled NAB Show. According to NAB, more than 1.6 million minutes of video has been consumed since the event launched May 13. NAB suggested it would be offering hybrid versions of physical and virtual events going forward.

NAB: C-Band Moving Cost Underestimated

Broadcasters have advised the FCC not to finalize its cost catalog for reimbursable C-Band moving expenses until broadcasters have vetted satellite operator transition plans and to be prepared for COVID-19-related boosts in those expenses.

NAB’s Gordon Smith: Broadcasting Will Endure

NAB’s Dennis Wharton To Retire

The association’s EVP of communications will leave July 1 after 24 years. NAB will merge the association’s communications and marketing departments into a new Public Affairs Department that will be led by NAB’s Michelle Lehman who has tapped Ann Marie Cumming, currently SVP of communications, to serve as the organization’s primary spokesperson.

Local Media Seek Government Ad Dollars

Local TV, newspaper and radio companies have joined an NAB-led initiative to push for an increase in the current ad budget part of the next fiscal stimulus package under consideration by Congress. They hope to see federal advertising expanded to between $5 billion and $10 billion for the rest of the year.

NAB Celebration Of Service To America Online

The National Association of Broadcasters has pulled the plug on its physical Celebration of Service to America awards gala in Washington June 9. Instead, there will be a virtual event sometime in the summer, but one that will add the “unparalleled efforts of broadcasters during the COVID-19 pandemic” to those being celebrated.

NAB To FCC: Virus Emphasize Need For Dereg

Broadcasters are telling the FCC that the current pandemic provides even more argument for loosening broadcast ownership regs. They are telling the FCC it needs to declare the video and audio markets more competitive than they have ever been, arguing that both FCC ownership limits — which the FCC under Chairman Ajit Pai has tried to loosen — and Department of Justice merger reviews — are “premised on the view that local TV and radio stations exist in markets hermetically sealed against the vast array of choices available to audiences and advertisers.”

Some Jeers For FCC’s 6 GHz Item

While some were cheering the FCC’s decision to allow unlicensed devices — for things like streaming, video calling, IoT — to use all 1200 MHz of the 6 GHz band, there were some discouraging words as well. “NAB is disappointed the FCC is allowing uncoordinated unlicensed use across the entire 6 GHz band,” said EVP of Communications Dennis Wharton. “Unlike in other recent proceedings, the commission did not bring stakeholders together to seek compromise.”

NAB Turns Attention To Next COVID-19 Aid Bill

The latest COVID-19 legislative package will apparently not include a couple of things that would have helped media outlets facing plunging ad dollars and a public’s increased reliance on critical news and information. A compromise bill was struck Tuesday (April 21) on a $480 billion successor bill to help small businesses. Broadcasters and newspapers, with the help of some legislators, had pushed for the next COVID-19 aid bill to include billions of dollars in federal advertising expenditures-for PSAs or census response campaigns — to be directed specifically to local media outlets.

NAB Slams OTI, Facebook Over 6 GHz

The NAB is clearly unhappy with the prospect that the FCC will open up the entire 6 GHz band for sharing with unlicensed wireless. Patrick McFadden, the group’s associate general counsel, left nothing but scorched earth beneath the Open Technology Institute, Facebook, tech companies in general, conservative groups and others in a blog post over the hot-button issue of opening up that spectrum, a proposal the FCC is voting on this week.

Virtual NAB Show Set For May 13-14

The digital platform is free and will offer 24-hour access to premium content curated and customizable for the global media and entertainment community.

NAB Board Election Results Announced

The National Association of Broadcasters today announced the results of the 2020 NAB Radio and Television Board elections. The two-year terms of the elected board members will begin in June.

NAB: FCC Spectrum Plan Could Hurt ENG

Broadcasters are giving new meaning to the phrase “dynamic spectrum access” in arguing that an FCC proposal to free up WiFi spectrum in the 6 GHz band could take away electronic newsgathering spectrum just when a pandemic-sequestered nation needs it most. That came in phone calls last week between National Association of Broadcasting executives and FCC officials.

Media Groups To Congress: Support Local News

The News Media Alliance, National Association of Broadcasters, National Newspaper Association and America’s Newspapers ask the government to provide critical support to local news media in its next stimulus bill designed to provide relief to businesses impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.

Verizon Media Joins NAB PILOT Coalition

The coalition of broadcasters and technology companies seeks to advance innovation in broadcast industry.

NAB’s Smith: No Blackouts During Pandemic

NAB President Gordon Smith said broadcasters don’t want to see any retransmission consent service disruptions during the coronavirus pandemic. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has called for a retransmission consent quiet period to avoid TV station signals going off MVPDs.