NAB is urging FCC to take action to help accelerate the transition to ATSC 3.0, or NEXTGEN TV. Broadcasters have made great progress to date but will need FCC assistance to keep up momentum.
Broadcasters met with FCC commissioners and staff to encourage Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel to establish an ATSC 3.0 task force to focus on important issues around a successful transition.
NAB followed up with the Commission to further explain the need for a task force and to outline specific issues that will demand the FCC's attention in the near future.
2. PILOT Initiative Tackles $2 Billion Problem for Broadcasters
PILOT has released the final report from its First-Party Data Direct-to-Consumer Accelerator.
💸 The report details a study commissioned by PILOT that shows how to mitigate this potential $2.1 billion loss in annual digital revenue for the broadcast television and radio industry.
"This report offers guidance with real examples for broadcasters. We can use first-party data to create more engaging content for consumers, while maintaining privacy standards," said John Clark, NAB senior vice president of Emerging Technology and executive director of PILOT.
3. NAB Statement on Violence Against TV Journalists
NAB has released a statement in response to the shooting of two television journalists in Orlando.
"Journalists play a vital role bringing breaking news to the public, and often putting their lives in danger in the process. This is a reminder of the risks that members of the press face in their efforts to inform the public, and we stand with our colleagues in condemning all acts of violence against journalists," said NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt.
4. State Broadcast Associations Urge Support for Local Radio Freedom Act
Broadcaster associations representing all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia have unanimously approveda resolution opposing "any new performance fee, tax, royalty or other charge relating to the public performance of sound recordings" on local broadcast radio stations.
🏛️ Next week, 550 broadcasters from across the country will gather in Washington, D.C., for NAB's annual State Leadership Conference. They will head to Capitol Hill to advocate for broadcasters on this issue and others affecting the broadcast industry.
5. Launching a Podcast as a Business Development Tool
John MacLeod, chief executive officer, Rivet360, shares insights and details on how his podcast "Talking the Drive," is specifically designed for business development purposes. Learn how a podcast can initiate business conversations that otherwise wouldn't take place and discover the benefits of using a podcast to target a very specific audience.
6. Opportunities for Broadcasters at NAB Show 2023
Join your television and radio colleagues for a tailored conference experience designed to help you generate revenue, advance your career and learn about the most important issues facing broadcasters.
Watch: NAB's April Carty-Sippdiscusses NAB Show highlights customized for broadcasters, including the new Broadcast District, TV and Radio HQ and more.
RSVP now for NAB's Small and Medium Market Radio Forum, powered by Marketron, on Saturday, April 15 and receive a code for $150 off yourNAB Show Conference pass.
Start the Centennial celebration early with a new, interactive game where you'll win prizes and engage with your community by completing challenges now and during the show to earn points. Then, turn your points into digital tokens to access rewards onsite at NAB Show.
Broadcasters celebrated Black History Month by sharing stories about their communities and supporting Black-owned businesses.
Local stations provide trusted news and community connection year round. Share what your station is doing using the hashtag #WeAreBroadcasters.
8. Happening Now: NAB Board of Directors Election
The 2023 NAB Board of Directors election will be conducted by Vote-Now.com from February 9 to April 13. The 2023 election is for odd-numbered radio districts and six of the at-large television seats. The eligible radio districts up for election are listed below followed by the election schedule.
For questions about the NAB Board of Directors election, please contact Sue Keenom at (202) 429-5312 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
2023 Radio Districts:
District 1 – New England
District 3 - Pennsylvania
District 5 – West Virginia, Kentucky
District 7 – Florida, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands
District 9 – Georgia, Alabama
District 11 - Ohio
District 13 - Michigan
District 15 – Tennessee, Arkansas
District 17 - Illinois
District 19 – Oklahoma, N. Texas
District 21 – Minnesota, South Dakota, North Dakota
District 23 – N. California, Alaska
District 25 – Oregon, Washington
2023 Schedule of Electronic NAB Board Elections
March 9 – Nominations window closes/candidates verified for eligibility
March 16 – Ballots sent to voting representatives via Vote-Now.com
April 10 – Ballots due
April 13 – Notification of winners/determination if run-off election required
9. NAB on the Move
NAB Senior Vice President of Communications Alex Siciliano and Manager of Communications and Social Media Grace Whaley attended the National Press Foundation Awards Dinner. This year's event honored "Good Morning America" host Robin Roberts, among other top journalists.