WASHINGTON, DC -- The boards of directors of the ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC affiliate organizations have agreed to support a voluntary month-long 'quiet period' ensuring no disruption of local television service in the weeks leading up to and following the digital television transition, the National Association of Broadcasters announced today.
The affiliate boards' endorsement comes following Tuesday's NAB Television Board of Directors' pledge to continue making local television signals available to cable, satellite and telephone company distribution partners from February 4 through March 4, 2009. Analog television in the U.S. will end on Feb. 17.
are delighted that all of the affiliate boards have agreed to support
the NAB Television Board initiative," said NAB Television Board Chairman
K. James Yager, CEO of Barrington Broadcasting. "This pledge -- coupled
with our unprecedented campaign to educate America on the DTV transition
-- will minimize consumer confusion and help local broadcasters and government
achieve our joint objective of a seamless transition to the next generation
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 www.nab.org.