NAB Unloads On The FCC

The FCC’s failure to relax ownership rules could prompt radio and TV stations to favor investment in unregulated platforms to distribute their content, the National Association of Broadcasters said in a hard-hitting June 6 filing at the FCC. The NAB warned that the FCC could see broadcasters go the way of the ailing newspaper industry if they are held back by regulation to achieve the kind of scale needed to compete with Big Tech.

NAB Elects New Board Leadership

In addition to choosing new members of the TV and radio boards, TelevisaUnivision’s Pilar Ramos was also appointed to fill an open seat.

NAB TV Board Affirms NAB’s Commitment To Live, Local Broadcast TV

Robert De Niro Will Not Receive Service To America Award

Robert De Niro, announced as the winner of the NAB’s Leadership Foundation’s Service to America Leadership Award the day before, will not get the award. The NAB noted that the June 4 awards event is “proudly bipartisan,” and said on Wednesday the actor’s “recent high-profile activities will create a distraction.”

NAB Leadership Foundation To Honor Mutual Of Omaha With Corporate Leadership Award

The National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation today announced Mutual of Omaha as the recipient of the Corporate Leadership Award. It will be presented during the 2024 Celebration of Service to […]

Kirsten Donaldson Joins NAB As VP Of Public Policy

Reporting to Shawn Donilon, she will provide strategic public policy counsel to assist NAB in developing policy positions and formulating advocacy strategies to address critical issues affecting the broadcast industry.

NAB Board Election Results Announced

NAB Extends Contract Of President-CEO Curtis LeGeyt

The extension will keep him in charge of the trade association through 2029.

NAB Offers FM And TV Station Self-Inspection Guides

The National Association of Broadcasters has released new broadcast station self-inspection guides for FM and television stations. These two guides assist broadcasters in conducting a self-inspection of their stations. Guides […]

NAB Leadership Foundation Chooses Celebration Of Service To America Award Winners

The awards, which recognize outstanding service to their communities by local television and radio stations, will be presented at a ceremony on June 4 at The Anthem in Washington, D.C.

In Baltimore And Nationwide, Broadcasters Fight Misinformation And Foster Unity

NAB Adds Nandu Machiraju As SVP-Deputy General Counsel

He will develop and advance NAB’s policy goals, leading industry advocacy on NextGen TV and addressing a variety of spectrum matters and other regulatory issues.

NAB Wants FCC To Collect Data On Successful Retrans Deals

Collecting data when retransmission consent disputes lead to signal blackouts on cable and satellite TV systems is only a half measure, according to the National Association of Broadcasters. The lead trade group for TV station owners told the FCC that it preferred a data collection system that not only included blackouts but also the number of times carriage deals were reached without controversy.

Gabriela Sibori Joins NAB As Senior Director Of Communications

She will serve as a spokesperson for the association and will help develop and execute messaging strategies to advance broadcasters’ policy agenda before Congress and the FCC.

NAB Launches 2024 Election Toolkit For Broadcasters

The toolkit includes information on identifying false statements online, examples of broadcasters’ work combating misinformation, voter registration resources and guides for finding local polling places.

NAB Names Sun Sachs Digital Leadership Award Winner

The National Association of Broadcasters today announced that Sun Sachs, senior vice president of digital products at Townsquare Media, is the recipient of the 2024 Digital Leadership Award. He will […]

NAB Launches ‘You Belong Here’ Campaign To Recruit And Grow Broadcasting Talent

The new campaign aims to equip stations across the nation with the tools to attract a broad spectrum of candidates and better promote their job opportunities.

Pay-TV Operators, Broadcasters Clash Over FCC Retrans Rebates

Federal regulators want pay-TV consumers to receive rebates when channels go dark as a result of contract disputes between pay-TV operators and their content vendors, including TV stations and cable networks. But the proposal advanced last October by FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel is receiving firm resistance from cable and satellite TV operators. For one thing, while Rosenworcel’s plan would impose rebate obligations on cable and satellite, it would exempt TV stations. And that’s fine with the National Association of Broadcasters, which argued in a March 8 FCC filing that pay-TV operators are causing signal blackouts to happen in an effort to demonstrate to Washington regulators that carriage rules – called retransmission consent – are broken.

Does NAB Have A Thune Problem?

NAB Fed Up With D.C. Crime

Gun violence makes news in Washington, almost on a daily basis, and on occasion the mayhem occurs just steps from the headquarters of the National Association of Broadcasters. It appears NAB’s leadership is finally fed up, as 70 D.C. business organizations, including NAB and CTIA – The Wireless Association, sent a Feb. 29 letter to D.C. Major Muriel Bowser and the city council demanding “immediate action to target the small group of organized and repeat criminals responsible for most of these violent offenses.”

NAB Wants FCC To Ditch Retrans Blackout Reports

A federal rule that would require cable and satellite TV providers to report blackouts involving TV stations would violate the law, potentially incentivize blackouts, and ought to be abandoned, according the National Association of Broadcasters. NAB, the trade association for major TV station groups like Nexstar Media Group and Sinclair Inc., was reacting to a proposal from FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel, who wants to collect reports on TV station blackouts that last longer than 24 hours and that the agency would archive in a database available to the public.

NAB Skewers Cable, Satellite TV Providers Over Subscriber Exit Fees

The National Association of Broadcasters sees a link between exit fees required of pay-TV customers and carriage disputes that pit TV stations against cable and satellite TV operators. NAB, in comments filed Monday with the FCC, asserted that cable and satellite TV providers rely on the fees to benefit from losing TV stations as a result of failed contract or retransmission consent negotiations.

NAB Sets Call For Entries For 2024 Celebration Of Service To America Awards With March 11 Deadline

The National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation (NABLF) is accepting entries for the 2024 Celebration of Service to America Awards. These prestigious awards recognize the critical role local radio and television […]

Talking TV: NAB’s LeGeyt ‘Very Disappointed’ In FCC’s Ownership Decision

NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt says he’s “tremendously frustrated” with the FCC’s late December decision to reaffirm and tighten its regulations on broadcast ownership. So, what’s the organization’s next move? A full transcript of the conversation is included.

Three Big Four Networks, TV Stations Pitch Deregulation To FCC’s Gomez

On Monday, broadcasters made three separate presentations to FCC Commissioner Anna Gomez’s policy aides on the need to protect the regulatory status quo at a minimum regarding TV station ownership. The National Association of Broadcasters went a step further in calling for relaxation of a rule that limits combinations among the most popular stations in a local market.

ATVA: TV Station Consolidation Leads To Higher Retrans Fees

An organization supported by traditional pay TV providers is pushing back on the idea that local TV station mergers won’t lead to higher cable and satellite TV bills. While TV stations continue to push for ownership deregulation at the federal level, the American TV Alliance (ATVA) predicts that control of TV stations by just a few owners will increase the retransmission consent fees that cable TV and satellite TV providers pay broadcasters.

NAB: FCC Needs To Let Top TV Stations Combine

The National Association of Broadcasters continues to press for TV station ownership deregulation, saying a federal rule that bars the common ownership of some of the most successful TV stations in a market needs to go. NAB lawyers made their latest appeal for a market-driven ownership approach in a Nov. 30 meeting with an aide to FCC Chair Jessica Rosenworcel. A federal appeals court has ordered the FCC to finish its TV station ownership review by Dec. 27.

Ray Quiñones Named NAB Government Relations Director

He joins the association from the office of Rep. Darren Soto (D-Fla.), who serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

Celebration Of Service To America Awards Being Broadcast Nationally

The program honoring broadcasters’ public service will air on 700-plus stations nationwide beginning Monday, Nov. 27.

Karen Chupka Joins NAB To Lead NAB Shows

The consumer technology veteran will succeed Chris Brown on Jan. 1, overseeing NAB Show, NAB Show New York and NAB Amplify.

Senators Urge FCC To Refresh The Record In vMVPD Proceeding

In the letter, 20 senators express concern regarding their constituents’ continued ability to access programming from local broadcast television stations on digital streaming platforms. The senators urge the Commission to reexamine its proceeding, first opened in 2014, that solicited comments about whether federal regulations governing pay TV providers such as cable and satellite providers should extend to streaming platforms that offer linear programming.

NAB’s LeGeyt Tells Congress That Broadcasters Need Action

Members of Congress have long said they see a unique role for local broadcasting, not only providing free entertainment to Americans but also ensuring they have access to local emergency alerts. National Association of Broadcasters President Curtis LeGeyt thinks it is time to put those positive words into actions that will help local radio and television stations survive as the industry finds itself on lopsided playing field with big tech.

NAB Issues Statement On Gomez Senate Confirmation To FCC

“Her wealth of experience in telecommunications policymaking will help the FCC address the critical issues facing radio and television broadcasters,” reads part of the statement from NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt.

NAB President, CEO Curtis LeGeyt To Be Featured Speaker At Media Institute ‘Free Speech America’ Gala on Oct. 19

Curtis LeGeyt, president and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters, will be the Featured Speaker at The Media Institute’s “Free Speech America” Gala on October 19.  The event will take place in person at The Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Leading Cybersecurity Attorney To Speak At CBR 2023

Luke Dembosky, a partner at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, former U.S. Justice Dept. prosecutor and investigator, and one of the nation’s preeminent cybersecurity attorneys, will lead an interactive workshop on the latest trends in cybercrime, the state of the art in incident response, his ransomware playbook and more at TVNewsCheck’s Cybersecurity for Broadcasters Retreat on Oct. 26 at NAB Show New York. Register here.

NAB, LABF Host Webinar On Preserving Broadcast History

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation (LABF) will host a webinar on the importance of documenting and preserving broadcast history for future generations. The webinar will air on August 23 at 2 p.m. from NAB’s state-of-the-art studio in Washington, D.C.

NAB Honored With Emmy For A Century Of Innovation

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences will honor the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) with the Philo T. Farnsworth Corporate Achievement Award at the 75th Engineering, Science & Technology Emmy Awards on October 18, 2023, in Los Angeles, Calif.

NAB And CAB Blast Meta For Blocking News

Among other remarks, the organizations’ joint statement said: “Meta – a nearly trillion-dollar company – repeatedly chooses to restrict news content for its users to avoid compensating news producers for the value it gains on their vital journalism. These retaliatory tactics demonstrate Meta’s monopolistic dominance over the advertising marketplace and its ability to dictate how radio and TV broadcasters, newspapers and others can reach audiences online.”

Streaming Summit Call For Speakers Opens For NAB Show New York

Speaker proposals are being accepted about the business and technology of SVOD, AVOD and FAST for the Oct. 24-25 event in New York.

NAB Launches 2023 Congressional PSA Campaign Featuring Over 150 Members of Congress

The public service announcements are recorded in NAB’s state-of-the-art studio.