WASHINGTON, DC -- The National Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors met on October 29-30 in Dallas. Below is a summary of actions.
JOINT BOARD OF DIRECTORS
NAB Joint Board Chairman Jack Sander, Senior Advisor to Belo Corp., called the meeting to order. After a call of the roll, the minutes of the June Board meeting were approved.
Mr. Sander welcomed new three new NAB Board members to the NAB Television Board of Directors: Deborah McDermott, president, Young Broadcasting; John Eck, president of NBC TV Network and Media Works; and Doug Kranwinkle, executive vice president of law, Univision.
Mr. Sander discussed the many issues facing broadcasters, including the performance tax, interference zones, the proposed XM-Sirius merger-to-monopoly and the transition to digital TV.
Mr. Sander also briefed the Board on initiatives and goals discussed at the recent executive retreat in Lexington, Kentucky.
NAB President and CEO David K. Rehr briefed the board on the proactive advocacy efforts on the part of NAB staff in Washington. Mr. Rehr also discussed several efforts geared to boost NAB membership value, including the NAB handbook, marketing brochures and toolkits for membership.
Mr. Rehr also updated the Board on the recent successful NAB Radio Show in Charlotte and the unprecedented marketing radio repositioning project known as 'Radio 2020.'
Mr. Rehr also updated the Board on testimony given at recent Congressional hearings by NAB staff and Board members on a number of different issues.
NAB Executive Vice President of Government Relations Laurie Knight briefed the Board on advocacy efforts related to the performance tax and reporter shield legislation.
NAB Executive Vice President of Legal & Regulatory Affairs Marsha MacBride briefed the Board on advocacy efforts related to the proposed XM-Sirius merger, media ownership rules and program content issues.
NAB Executive Vice President of Administration & Agencies Doug Wiley briefed the Board on advocacy efforts related to direct-to-consumer advertising.
Mr. Rehr outlined a number of competitive Congressional races and listed the lawmakers who are not seeking re-election.
NAB Radio Board Vice Chairman Steve Newberry, president and CEO of Commonwealth Broadcasting Corporation, updated the Board on the NAB Political Action Committee and urged members to contribute.
FREE POLITICAL AIRTIME
NAB Executive Vice President of Media Relations Dennis Wharton encouraged members to keep NAB apprised of their stations' efforts related to election coverage, debate offers, and other forms of voluntary political free airtime offers. Mr. Wharton noted the continued efforts by several activist groups to require mandatory election coverage and urged stations to promote and document their coverage.
NABEF President Marcellus Alexander updated the Board on the recent efforts of NABEF and noted upcoming NABEF programs and initiatives.
TELEVISION BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Television Board Chairman Alan Frank, president, Post-Newsweek Stations, Inc. called the Television Board to order. After a call of the roll, minutes of the June Board meeting were approved.
NAB Executive Vice President of Television Marcellus Alexander updated the Board on NAB TV membership, which now stands at 1,153 stations.
Elizabeth Murphy Burns, president of Morgan Murphy Media, briefed the Board on the success of the recent Small Market Group Roundtable and Television Exchange in Austin, TX. Attendance at the event was 240, the highest ever, she reported.
Mr. Alexander noted that plans are being made for the annual Futures Summit, March 16-18 in Pebble Beach, CA.
Laurie Knight updated the Board on NAB advocacy efforts related to interference-causing unlicensed personal-portable devices proposed to operate in spectrum reserved for DTV broadcasting. Ms. Knight noted a successful news conference held at NAB headquarters in September and highlighted both earned and paid media efforts, in addition to NAB's government relations and legal efforts on Capitol Hill and at the FCC.
Ms. Knight also briefed the Board on NAB advocacy efforts related to retransmission consent.
Alan Frank updated the Board on the status of the FCC's review of media ownership rules.
Mr. Frank also asked for the Board's support of North Dakota broadcasting stations in their efforts to ensure that DIRECTV follows through on its pledge to deliver local-into-local programming in all 210 TV markets.
OPEN MOBILE VIDEO COALITION
NAB Senior Vice President of Science and Technology Lynn Claudy provided a brief history on technical efforts by the television industry to develop mobile DTV reception capability.. NAB Network Representative Brandon Burgess, president and CEO of ION Media Networks updated the Board on the current and future efforts of the Open Mobile Video Coalition.
David Rehr updated the Board on NAB's educational efforts related to the transition to digital television. Mr. Rehr introduced Smith Geiger's Seth Geiger, who briefed the Board on research related to DTV educational efforts.
Peter Martin, president of United Front Media, briefed the Board on the creative aspects related to the DTV marketing campaign.
SMALL MARKET TELEVISION PROPOSAL
NAB Television Board Member Paul McTear, president and CEO of Raycom Media, discussed efforts by the Coalition of Smaller Market Television to win duopoly relief from the FCC in smaller markets.
RADIO BOARD OF DIRECTORS
NAB Radio Board Chairman Russ Withers, owner of Withers Broadcasting Companies, called the meeting to order. After roll call the minutes of the June Board meeting were accepted.
Performance Tax Task Force Co-Chairman Bruce Goldsen, president and general manager, Jackson Radio Works, briefed the Board on the task force's actions related to a performance tax and introduced Laurie Knight, who updated the Board on NAB's advocacy efforts related to the issue.
NAB Executive Vice President of Finance and Operations Mike Williams provided the Board with an update on NAB's actions related to the Copyright Royalty Board's recent decision increasing fees for streaming music online.
Marsha MacBride updated the Board on NAB advocacy efforts related to the proposed government-sanctioned monopoly of XM and Sirius.
Laurie Knight briefed the Board on low power FM legislation pending in Congress that would eliminate third adjacent channel interference protections.
Lynn Claudy outlined the technological and scientific aspects related to removing those interference protections. Mr. Claudy demonstrated what the interference would sound like if low power FM stations were allowed to operate on third adjacent channels to full power FM stations.
AM ON FM TRANSLATORS
NAB Radio Board Member John Barger, president and owner of San Antonio RadioWorks and NAB Senior Vice President and General Counsel Jane Mago briefed the Board on the status of FCC action to allow AM stations to utilize FM translators.
RADIO REPOSITIONING PROJECT REPORT
O'Keefe Strategies President Kelly O'Keefe updated the Board on the recent radio repositioning project known as 'Radio 2020.'
Russ Withers briefed the Board on activities of the COLRAM Committee meeting held in Dallas this week.
MEMBERSHIP AND UPCOMING EVENTS
NAB Executive Vice President of Radio John David updated the Board on Radio membership. Mr. David also reported on the success of the recent NAB Radio Show in Charlotte, and noted that next year's event will be held Sept. 17-19 in Austin, TX.
RADIO TECHNOLOGY ADVANCEMENT TASK FORCE REPORT
Board Member Caroline Beasley, EVP and CFO, Beasley Broadcasting, gave an update on various NAB initiatives in support of the continued rollout of HD Radio.
HD RADIO UPDATE
iBiquity President and CEO Bob Struble updated the Board on the status of HD Radio implementation. Mr. Struble noted that Ford Motors recently announced a partnership to include HD Radio as an option in all future models.