NAB: White Spaces Database Still Not Ready

The National Association of Broadcasters says more work needs to be done on the FCC’s system for identifying where incumbent TV station spectrum users and fixed unlicensed white spaces devices are before using it to allow unlicensed wireless (broadband) use in those so-called “white spaces” between channels.

Wendy Williams To Receive NAB Impact Award

The honor is in recognition of her 10 years on daytime television and 33 years in broadcasting. She will also participate in a featured main stage keynote session at NAB Show New York with Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury Co-Presidents Mort Marcus and Ira Bernstein.

Pilot Innovation Challenge Open For Submissions

Pilot, NAB’s technology innovation initiative, is accepting submissions for the third annual pilot Innovation Challenge. The program recognizes creative ideas that leverage technological advances in the production, distribution and display of engaging content. The program also provides support to the winners for development. This year’s challenge question is “What is an innovative way broadcasters and other […]

Phil Guy Joins NAB As European Sales Manager

The National Association of Broadcasters today announced thatPhil Guy will join NAB’s Conventions and Business Operations department as European sales manager. He will represent NAB Show, selling sponsorships and advertising to companies located in Europe, and will report to NAB SVP of Business Development Eric Trabb. Guy spent the past 15 years as sponsorship and advertising manager for […]

Patrick McCreery Joins NAB TV Board

The president of Meredith Local Media succeeds the now-retired Paul Karpowicz. As president, he oversees Meredith’s 17 local TV stations that reach more than 11% of U.S. households. McCreery also oversees MNI Targeted Media, which joined Meredith’s Local Media Group after the acquisition of Time Inc.

NAB To FCC: Reject Cable 3.0 Recon Petitions

Broadcasters have asked the FCC to dismiss cable operator petitions to reconsider parts of its framework for allowing broadcasters to roll out the new ATSC 3.0 transmission standard, saying cable ops are simply rehashing rejected positions in order to get different results.

Local TV Seeks to Exploit Facebook Woes

“Broadcasters are competing for viewers and advertisers against gigantic multinational players,” NAB CEO Gordon Smith says ahead of the association’s annual bash, taking place at the Las Vegas Convention Center April 7-12.

Trabb New NAB Business Development SVP

The former Imas Publishing and NewBay Media sales exec joins the trade group with responsibility for leading and managing the association’s sales team.

Local Broadcasters: A Lifeline In Florida

Day in and day out across America local broadcasters are a trusted source of critical news and information. Never is that role more important than in times of emergency and severe weather when broadcasters become a lifeline to communities in need. NAB and the Broadcast Education Association storm chasers set out once again to document the indispensable role that local radio and television stations serve as “first informers” during times of emergency. Here’s the latest installment in this powerful video series.

PILOT Introduces Pitch Prize Competition

PILOT, an innovation initiative of the National Association of Broadcasters, is launching the PILOT Pitch Prize, a competition for early-stage startup companies to receive seed funding and support for providing technology solutions that could help broadcasters. Finalists will compete in a live pitch event at NAB Show New York, held Oct. 17-18, 2018 at the Javits Convention […]

April Carty-Sipp Joins NAB As TV SVP

The 20-year television industry executive will oversee the trade association’s day-to-day television operations starting on March 1.

WRAL, NBCU, NAB Showcase Next-Gen TV

Hundreds gathered to see the future of television in Raleigh, N.C. Monday was the first time ATSC 3.0 was used to publicly show the benefits and features of the new standard with an Olympic event. The demo also included Advanced Emergency Alerting that can show location-specific, interactive warnings.

NAB To Honor Green As ‘Champion’

Gene Green, the congressman from Texas, will receive the association’s inaugural Broadcast Champion Award at its State Leadership Conference on Feb. 27 in Washington.

NAB’s Pilot Highlighting Broadcast Innovation

The new Broadcast Innovation Stories campaign will feature 10 video profiles focusing on people in the broadcasting industry working on innovative technologies that provide programming and information to viewers and listeners in unique ways. 

NAB Sells Headquarters Building For $32M

The National Association of Broadcasters has cashed out of its national headquarters building near Washington’s Dupont Circle as it plans to move to a new home being built for it in the Capitol Riverfront. The NAB has sold its long-time home at 1771 N St. NW for $31.6 million, or nearly $534 per square foot, to an affiliate of Stream Realty Partners. The sale comes about five months after CBRE Group began marketing the 59,166-square-foot building to prospective buyers.

VIDEO CONVERSATION WITH JOE DORREGO

The Coexistence Of Business And Art

New Role For NAB’s John David

The association’s longtime EVP of radio will become senior adviser beginning Feb. 1.

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The National Association of Broadcasters Education Association is accepting entries for the 2018 Celebration of Service to America Awards, recognizing outstanding community service by local broadcasters. Winners will be recognized at the 20th annual Celebration of Service to America Awards gala held Tuesday, June 12, at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington. The awards program, now […]

Pilot, Local Media Association Set Video Summit

Pilot, NAB’s innovation initiative, in partnership with the Local Media Association (LMA), will host The Video Summit: A Forum for Video Business Solutions on Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2018, at NAB headquarters in Washington. The event will explore new strategies for video as they relate to over-the-top providers, broadcast, social media and emerging content distribution platforms. “The rapid expansion […]

NAB Joins GENIVI Showcase At Automobility LA

The NAB and the GENIVI Alliance, a collaborative community of automakers and their suppliers developing open software for in-vehicle infotainment (IVI) and the connected car, are collaborating on automotive radio technology. NAB joins the GENIVI Showcase at AutoMobility LA 2017 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Nov. 27-30. The relationship between GENIVI and NAB stems from NAB’s PILOTprogram aimed at […]

Pilot Reveals Innovation Challenge Winners

Pilot, an innovation initiative of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), announced the winners of its second annual PILOT Innovation Challenge yesterday, Nov. 12, at NAB Futures in Palo Alto, Calif. The Pilot Innovation Challenge recognizes creative ideas that leverage technological advances in the production, distribution and display of engaging content. Over 150 ideas were submitted to address the challenge question, […]

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NAB, CTA To Launch 3.0 Test Station

A joint NAB-CTA “Living Laboratory” in Cleveland is designed to help broadcasters and manufacturers prepare for the launch of ATSC 3.0 services.

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Modernizing The Mother Of All Media Regs

Yesterday, the FCC at long last announced its intention to reform its woefully outdated broadcast ownership rules. To say that these changes are past due is an understatement. Clearly, not every long-standing FCC rule should be eliminated or modified just because of its age. But the broadcast ownership rules fail to reflect today’s digital media marketplace.

Newberry Joins NAB As Special Projects EVP

Steve Newberry, the group’s former Joint Board chairman, will focus on multiple NAB initiatives, including the construction of a new headquarters facility in Washington.

NAB Donates 10,000 Radios To Puerto Rico

The National Association of Broadcasters announced today it will be sending 10,000 battery-operated radios to Puerto Rico for distribution to residents affected by Hurricane Maria. NAB, the National Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations and multiple U.S. broadcasters are funding the initiative. NAB is working with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and local Puerto Rican authorities […]

New Role For NAB’s Marcellus Alexander

At the end of the year, he will give up his role as head of NAB’s Television Department, staying on as president of the NAB Education Foundation and will become senior adviser to the TV Department.

Fox CFO Joe Dorrego Set For NAB NY Confab

The first-ever ‘TV on Wall Street’ conference will take place Oct. 19 at New York’s Javits Center as part of the two-day (Oct. 18-19) NAB Show New York. It’s aimed at providing”a business perspective on the economic influences driving the evolution of media, including new technologies and investment opportunities.”

 

Fox CFO Joe Dorrego Set For NAB NY Confab

The first-ever conference, on Oct. 19, is part of the two-day (Oct. 18-19) NAB Show New York at the Javits Center. It’s aimed a providing a business perspective on the economic influences driving the evolution of media, including new technologies and investment opportunities.

IBM Joins NAB’s PILOT Program

IBM has joined the National Association of Broadcasters’ (NAB) PILOT program. PILOT brings together innovative companies, educators and advocates with broadcasters to advance broadcast technologies and cultivate new media opportunities. PILOT consists of broadcasting and technology stakeholders, such as new media broadcast operators, measurement and attribution companies, advertising partners and technology providers. Among other goals, PILOT’s working […]

NAB Launches Repack Education Website

TVAnswers.org offers educational sections explaining to viewers why the transition is occurring, when stations in their area are changing channels and what steps they need to take to continue receiving their local TV stations. 

NAB Extends CEO Gordon Smith’s Contract

The new deal will keep him at the top of the trade association through March 2023. He’s been president-CEO since 2009.

Pilot Sponsors Grady Mobile News Lab

NAB’s Pilot innovation initiative will sponsor the Mobile News Lab project at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication during fall 2017. The sponsorship will provide the lab with new equipment for producing virtual reality content along with materials for training mobile-media best practices.  The Grady Mobile News Lab launched in Fall 2014 to […]

NAB Seeking Buyers For Longtime Home

CBRE Group recently began marketing 1771 N St. NW in Washington to prospective buyers on behalf of the NAB, which plans to move to a new headquarters being developed for it by Monument Realty and Angelo, Gordon & Co. in the Capitol Riverfront area.

NAB Flies Flag At Half Staff To Honor Jim Vance

NAB Objects To Microsoft Spectrum Request

The association tells the FCC that “Microsoft is asking the commission to grant it spectrum for free, with no buildout requirements or service requirements of any kind — substantially better terms than winning auction bidders received.”

NAB’s Wharton Rips Microsoft Spectrum Grab

NAB chief spokesman Dennis Wharton calls Microsoft’s push to permit broadband traffic on vacant TV channels the “height of arrogance” in light of the software giant’s refusal to buy spectrum during the FCC incentive auction.

 

NAB Tells FCC White Space Effort Is A Bust

NAB called out Microsoft today for continuing to advocate for an unused TV channel to be reserved nationwide for unlicensed TV-band white space device use. Microsoft has a decade-long history of underdelivering on its vision for the channels, NAB said in an ex parte letter today to the FCC.

 

NAB: Dump Kidvid Requirement For Diginets

When the FCC extended its three-hour weekly requirement for kidvid programming to subchannels in 2004, the NAB said, the commission promised to reconsider the move within three years, but never did. “Given technological developments, changes in how consumers access video programming and the growth in child-oriented content online and on-demand over the past two decades, the FCC should initiate this long overdue proceeding forthwith,” NAB said.

NAB To FCC: Eliminate The Main Studio Rule

The group says the commission is correct in asserting that the regulation is outdated and unnecessary now that the public can and does share information with stations via “social media, website comments, letters, emails and calls.”