NAB Leadership Foundation Announces Host And Musical Performer For Celebration Of Service To America Awards

The National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation (NABLF) says award-winning ABC News broadcaster Gio Benitez will host of the 2023 Celebration of Service to America Awards. The ceremony, which honors broadcasters for their outstanding commitment to public service, will be held in Washington on June 6 at The Anthem. Benitez co-anchors Good Morning America Saturday […]

Broadcasters Push Extended Audible Crawl Rule Waiver

Broadcasters — including their primary lobby group in Washington and affiliate associations — have told the FCC that if it does not extend its waiver of the requirement to provide oral descriptions of weather radar and other visual emergency information, they may have to cut back on those graphics for everyone.

NAB Asks Court to Force FCC To Finish Media Rule Review

Broadcasters are trying to get the FCC to complete its long-delayed 2018 quadrennial review of broadcast regulations. The National Association of Broadcasters has filed a writ of mandamus with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. circuit, which is a request for it to compel the FCC to wrap up the review. “The commission cannot continue to ignore its clear duty under the law,” said NAB President Curtis LeGeyt following the filing.

NAB Promotes Josh Miely To VP, Content Design And Development

The National Association of Broadcasters has appointed Josh Miely vice president of content design and development within the organization’s Global Connections and Events department – the team that produces NAB Show. Miely will assume the role on April 27 and report to Chris Brown, NAB executive vice president and managing director, global connections and events. […]


NAB Tells Congress It Opposes Ban On Noncompete Agreements

The NAB contends that the proposed ban on noncompete agreements is far-reaching and oversteps the FTC’s jurisdiction. Broadcasting presents a unique case for reasonable noncompete clauses due to the substantial investments broadcasters make in promoting on-air talent.

NAB ‘Alarmed’ By Delays In Tegna-Standard General Deal Review

Curtis LeGeyt, CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters expressed alarm at the “needlessly prolonged” regulatory review of Standard General’s proposed acquisition of Tegna. After more than a year, the FCC’s Media Bureau referred the transaction to an administrative law judge, a move that will delay potential approval of the deal and possibly kill it.


For NextGen TV, Cheaper Receivers, Bigger Markets And More HDR Are Next

ATSC 3.0 has hit a sludgy stretch of path toward its end goal of broad U.S. adoption and providing new content services. It will take many hands — a potential FCC task force, station group cooperation and an elongated pipeline for receivers included — to get the standard’s implementation flying again.

NAB Names Alex Siciliano SVP Of Communications

The deputy chief of staff for former Sen. Cory Gardner succeeds Ann Marie Cumming in leading messaging strategies to further NAB’s initiatives and advocacy issues before Congress and the administration. He will also be the chief spokesperson for NAB and a key adviser to the association’s senior leadership.

NAB Exec Ann Marie Cumming Leaving

The association’s SVP of communications is exiting on Feb. 21 after more than 20 years. She’s becoming the executive director of the Congressional Club Museum and Foundation in Washington.


FCC, Give Broadcasters A 3.0 Task Force

The commission should heed broadcasters’ request to prioritize the ATSC 3.0 standard and launch a task force to concentrate the agency’s resources in getting it unstuck. Broadcasting’s future wellbeing may depend on it.

NAB Says FCC Should Wrap Up Overdue 2018 Regulatory Review ASAP

The National Association of Broadcasters is suggesting the FCC is putting the 2018 quadrennial review cart before the 2022 quadrennial horse, asking the agency to finish its 2018 review before starting the next one.

NAB To FCC: ATSC 3.0 Transition Is In Peril

The National Association of Broadcasters said that without some action by the FCC, including sunsetting the requirement to broadcast in both the current and next-generation transmission formats, that next-generation format — the ATSC 3.0 transmission standard — is “in peril,” and with it broadcasters’ future.

Justice Department’s Google Suit Could Aid Broadcasters In Big Tech Battle

The Justice Department is apparently giving broadcasters some help with one of their top Washington priorities — Big Tech’s dominance as an ad platform. As expected, the DOJ on Jan. 24 said it was filing an antitrust suit against one of the biggest of Big Tech — Google parent Alphabet — over its online ad practices, a move that could lead to Google divesting its ad business and aid TV stations in what the NAB Broadcasters has called Big Tech’s “stranglehold” on digital advertising and ad rates.

NAB Membership Town Hall Identifies 2023 Broadcast Issues And Priorities

The National Association of Broadcasters hosted a virtual town hall to brief NAB members on advocacy and business issues as Congress begins its 118th Session and the House of Representatives switches party control. NAB President-CEO Curtis LeGeyt was joined by senior executives and public policy experts to offer updates on the association’s work, priorities and […]

NAB And NAB Show Celebrate Centennial Year

Plans include an interactive website, a story sharing campaign and special events.

NAB Leadership Foundation Announces Call For Entries For 2023 Celebration of Service To America Awards

The National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation is now accepting entries for the 2023 Celebration of Service to America Awards. The awards competition spotlights excellence in community service by local radio and television stations across the country. Stations and broadcast groups are encouraged to enter their best community service campaign from the past year. Award categories are based […]

NAB Applauds Low-Power Protection Act Being Signed Into Law

Following President Joe Biden signing the Low Power Protection Act into law on Jan. 5, the NAB has issued a statement applauding the new law, which provides eligible low-power television stations an opportunity to obtain interference protections.

NAB And NAB Leadership Foundation Host Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Forum

The National Association of Broadcasters and the NAB Leadership Foundation (NABLF) hosted a Human Resources and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Forum on Nov. 15. The one-day symposium, open to senior human resources and DEI executives and professionals in the broadcast industry, focused on creating dialogue and exchanging ideas among broadcast companies regarding talent management, […]

NAB Wants FCC To Look At Regulating Streaming Video

The National Association of Broadcasters is looking to get the FCC to classify over-the-top video services as multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs), making them subject to carriage and program-negotiation obligations.


NAB Returns To The Big Apple

The NAB New York Show will be back at the Javits Center after a long pandemic hiatus. Following a strong showing at IBC earlier this month, expectations around it are rising.

NAB Applies Positive Pressure On Digital Joint Negotiation Bill

Google News To Help Local Broadcasters Master First-Party Data, D2C

Pilot, the National Association of Broadcasters tech innovation arm, has tapped the Google News Initiative for a program to help broadcasters protect their advertising competitiveness by mastering use of first-party data and engagement within direct-to-consumer models.

Pilot Launches Broadcaster Direct-to-Consumer Audience Engagement Accelerator

Pilot, the innovation arm of the National Association of Broadcasters, is conducting a program with support of the Google News Initiative to improve direct-to-consumer audience engagement to better serve local audiences. The six-month program is designed to support broadcaster education as well as the implementation of first-party data and direct-to-consumer business models. The program is […]

NAB: FCC Should Sunset ATSC 1.0 Simulcasting Requirement

Given a “once in a century” pandemic, no additional spectrum and “unparalleled” regulatory requirements, broadcasters say their transition to ATSC 3.0 next generation transmission technology has made “remarkable progress.” The National Association of Broadcasters made that case to the FCC in comments on the state of that transition, saying the lack of additional spectrum meant that they were trying to make the move “with one hand tied behind their backs.”

NAB Appoints Three To Boards Of Directors

Catherine Badalamente and Phil Tahtakran join the association’s TV Board, while Kevin Godwin is appointed to the Radio Board.

NAB Launches 2022 Election Toolkit For Broadcasters

The National Association of Broadcasters on Monday announced the launch of the 2022 Election Toolkit. The online resource provides local television and radio broadcasters with ideas and information to cover the 2022 local, state and federal elections. The 2022 Election Toolkit provides assets to help broadcasters serve their communities in the lead-up to Election Day on Nov. 8. […]

Analysis Finds 35% Increase In Local Broadcast TV News Over Past Decade

NAB analysid of Nielsen data finds that both English- and Spanish-language newscasts increased substantially between 2011 and 2021.

NAB Weighs In On ‘Franken FMs,’ Channel 6 Spectrum

NAB tells the FCC that the ch. 6 spectrum offers “a critical transition path for television broadcasters as they migrate to ATSC 3.0.”

House Protects Broadcast Pot Spots

Broadcasters are praising the House of Representatives for telling the FCC to “Keep off the grass”… advertising, that is. The House Wednesday (July 20) passed the 2023 Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill, which prevents the FCC from taking any actions against broadcasters who air cannabis advertising if it is not against the law in the state or jurisdiction in which the station is licensed. Broadcasters have been looking for such protections, arguing that without them they cannot air cannabis ads even where the product is legal, which is in most states.

NAB Promotes Four To Senior Vice President

The National Association of Broadcasters announced the promotions of four employees in its Government Relations, Technology and Legal and Regulatory Affairs departments to senior vice president, effective July 1. Nicole Gustafson and Josh Pollack were promoted to senior vice president, Government Relations. Gustafson and Pollack, who both joined NAB in 2017, advocate before Congress and the administration on […]

NAB: FCC Needs Bigger Regulatory Fee Tent

The National Association of Broadcasters said the FCC should start imposing regulatory fees on businesses that benefit indirectly from its activities, particularly internet service providers — regulation of which is taking up a lot of the agency’s resources. The FCC supports itself entirely from fees levied on its licensees, including broadcasters, cable providers and satellite services. The NAB, whose constituency includes owners of broadcast TV stations, has been telling the FCC — and anyone else within earshot — that it’s time for that to change.

NAB Says Proposed FCC Fees ‘Unfairly, Unlawfully’ Burden Broadcasters

Responding to FCC proposals to increase regulatory fees on broadcasters, the NAB has filed new comments criticizing the FCC’s proposed fees as “unfairly, unlawfully, and disproportionately burdening broadcasters.” The NAB also complained that the FCC is proposing to “raise broadcasters’ fees by a staggering 13%, despite the commission’s budget increasing by 2.1%,” a fee increase that is more than six times the magnitude of the commission’s budget increase.

NextGen TV Logo Certification Test Suite Released

Eurofins Digital Testing, in partnership with the Consumer Technology Association and National Association of Broadcasters, has releasee the NextGen TV logo certification test suite v 2022-1.0,  the first major release for the new model year applicable to ATSC 3.0 compliant receivers starting July 1. Primarily aimed at devices entering the market in 2023, but can […]

Broadcasters, Cable Ops Square Off At FCC Over Signal Offloads

Broadcasters and cable operators continue to spar over how much flexibility TV stations should have in transmitting their signals in the transition to the new ATSC 3.0 standard, specifically broadcasters’ ability to have another station transmit its digital subchannels. The idea is to ease the transition from ATSC 1.0 to the ATSC 3.0 transmission standard, also known as NextGen TV, which is not backward compatible.

NAB Launches Campaign Supporting Ukrainian Children

The National Association of Broadcasters has debuted a public service campaign to further support children displaced by the war in Ukraine. The campaign will run on World Refugee Day (June 20) and all proceeds will be donated to UNICEF USA to support UNICEF’s emergency response and humanitarian work in Ukraine and neighboring countries. From June […]

FEMA Administrator Highlights Important Role Of Broadcasters During Disasters

The National Association of Broadcasters today released a new NAB Podcast episode featuring a discussion between NAB President-CEO Curtis LeGeyt and Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Deanne Criswell about the importance of emergency preparedness. Their conversation highlighted how broadcasters help disaster relief agencies prepare, inform and serve local communities during this year’s hurricane and wildfire seasons. “The […]

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.