1. Senators Urge FCC to Expedite NEXTGEN TV Rollout
A bipartisan group of 27 U.S. senators, led by Sens. Brian Schatz (HI) and Todd Young (IN), sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel urging the Commission to take an active role in expediting the continued rollout of NEXTGEN TV.
"We urge the FCC to take an active role in addressing the complex – but imminently solvable – questions posed by the transition from ATSC 1.0 to 3.0, including working with Congress, public broadcasters and industry to ensure consumers with legacy TVs are not harmed by any changes," they wrote.
2. Show Automakers You #DependOnAM
NAB has launched a new campaignhighlighting the importance of AM radio in the car for news, community engagement, entertainment and vital public safety information.
Some automakers have stripped AM radio out of certain vehicle models. This campaign will share the dire implications of this decision and will amplify the voices of the 82 million Americans that AM radio reaches each month.
3. Senate Bill Will Give Broadcasting a Level Playing Field with Big Tech
The Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA) has been introduced in the Senate by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (MN) and John Kennedy (LA).
🤝🏽 This bipartisan legislation would allow broadcasters and other news publishers to jointly negotiate with dominant digital platforms regarding the terms and conditions by which their content may be accessed online.
"Local television and radio stations are at the mercy of a handful of Big Tech gatekeepers whose anticompetitive terms devalue our content when it is increasingly accessed online. This legislation would level the playing field by enabling fair negotiations and increased investment in local newsrooms," saidNAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt.
4. What's Hot in TV and Radio at NAB Show?
NAB Show is right around the corner! Now is the time to see which sessions have your name all over them. We took a peek at how your peers are planning their days and these are the hot tickets topping their lists.
5. How Broadcasters are Evolving to Find Success with Digital
Digital advertising is undeniably pervasive and a key component of strategic advertising programs. This week on the NAB Podcast, Bo Bandy, general manager, Digital and senior vice president, Marketing, Marketron, discusses how broadcasters are in the best position to win digital dollars in their markets, but only if they continue to evolve their current strategy and partnerships.
6. Download and Air New We Are Broadcasters Spots
Join stations across the country in reminding lawmakers of broadcasting's enduring value with our new We Are Broadcasters television and radio spots.
7. Ask Your Legislators to Participate in NAB's Congressional PSAs
NAB's long-running Congressional PSA Campaign is once again underway, as part of local television and radio stations' dedication to shining a light on important health, social and safety issues and supporting local businesses.
Members of Congress and their family members can record up to two 30-second television and radio public service announcements (PSAs) that will be distributed to all broadcasters in their district.
Please reach out to your members of Congress and ask them to RSVP today at nab.org/cpsa.