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April 3, 2008

Mobile TV Opportunities Highlighted at NAB Show

--NBC's Dan Abrams to emcee breakfast session; ION's Brandon Burgess to moderate panel--

OMVC President Brandon Burgess

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC) and the National Association of Broadcasters will host a breakfast session focused on mobile television opportunities for local TV broadcasters on Monday, April 14 at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. The session, titled "Mobile TV: Opportunity at 100 MPH!," will be emceed by NBC News chief legal correspondent Dan Abrams and feature a panel of top television executives. The event will be held 7:30 - 8:30 am in the Las Vegas Hilton Ballroom A.

"This session will showcase OMVC and our efforts to kick-start the mobile DTV process. An illustrative video and compelling discussion will bring everyone up to date on this fast-moving process, plus give us an opportunity to demonstrate the commitment of OMVC members to make mobile DTV a reality," said OMVC President Brandon Burgess, chairman and chief executive officer for ION Media Networks.

NBC Chief Legal Correspondent Dan Abrams

The OMVC Breakfast is open to all NAB Show attendees and offers a unique opportunity to learn about breakthrough technology, consumer interest and new revenue opportunities presented by the emergence of mobile TV. A brief update on the status of mobile digital TV will be provided by Media General Broadcast Group Senior Vice President Jim Conschafter, a member of the NAB Television Board, and Cox Communications Vice President of Engineering Sterling Davis, who is leading the OMVC's Technology Advisory Working Group.

Led by Burgess, who also serves on the NAB Television Board, a Q&A will follow, featuring television executives from across the country, including NAB Television Board Chairman Alan Frank, president, Post-Newsweek Stations, Inc.; NAB Television Board members Michael Fiorile, vice chairman and CEO, Dispatch Broadcast Group; John Eck, president, NBC TV Network and Media Works, NBC Universal; Lynn Beall, executive vice president, Gannett Broadcasting; as well as Patrick Mullen, vice president and general manager, WFLD Chicago, IL and Nat Ostroff, vice president of new technology, Sinclair Broadcast Group.

About OMVC
The Open Mobile Video Coalition is an alliance of U.S. commercial and public broadcasters committed to the development of mobile digital television. The Coalition’s mission is to accelerate the development of mobile digital broadcast television, and capture the full potential of the digital television spectrum in the United States. Coalition members include leading broadcast station groups operating over 420 commercial television stations.

About the 2008 NAB Show
The NAB Show will take place April 11 - 17, 2008 in Las Vegas (exhibits open April 14). It is the world's largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. Complete details are available at

About NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. As the voice of more than 8,300 radio and television stations, NAB advances their interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at


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