February 17, 2005 |
The U.S. broadcast television and radio industry's top lobbyist said Wednesday that he would step down when his contract ends in April 2006. Edward Fritts, 63, has been the president and chief executive of the National Assn. of Broadcasters since 1982. It is considered one of the most powerful lobbying groups in Washington because it represents most local broadcasters. Fritts plans to remain a consultant to the group. A committee has been formed to find his successor.
November 10, 2004 |
The National Assn. of Broadcasters has withdrawn its petition to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to stop XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc. from providing local traffic and weather channels, a spokesman for the trade group said Tuesday. XM Radio had announced in January that it would launch an instant traffic and weather service, prompting established U.S. radio broadcasters to denounce the move as a "back-door attempt" to skirt regulations.
April 19, 2004 |
Six years after Apple Computer Co. founder Steve Jobs came here to urge broadcasters to undergo a high-tech makeover, the entertainment industry -- intent on remaining the dominant force in American living rooms -- is still wary of Silicon Valley. The computer industry has transformed telecommunications, manufacturing and the office cubicle, but television hasn't changed much since Jobs told executives at the National Assn. of Broadcasters convention: "We're dying to work with you guys."
July 10, 2003 |
The National Assn. of Broadcasters is expected to announce today that it is pulling out of the campaign in Congress to overturn the Federal Communications Commission's recent relaxation of media-ownership rules, sources said. The proposed law was significantly broadened during its markup in a Senate committee to include amendments that many broadcasters oppose, such as reinstating the ban on cross-ownership of TV stations and newspapers. -- Edmund Sanders
June 18, 2003 |
Walt Disney Co., parent of ABC television network, abruptly quit the National Assn. of Broadcasters on Tuesday in protest over what it called the trade group's "network bashing" and its aggressive lobbying in the media ownership battle. In resigning from the NAB, Disney joins other major networks -- including Viacom Inc.'s CBS, General Electric Co.'s NBC and News Corp.'
January 3, 2003 |
Which is correct?: (a) Americans love radio and say it gives them everything they want and need, or (b) they're fed up with homogenized radio playlists and yearn for more diversity. Well, it's both, according to dueling studies released recently by the National Assn. of Broadcasters and by a nonprofit advocacy group, the results of which seem to jibe perfectly with the aims of the organizations behind them. Earlier this week, the National Assn.