Yesterday, in passing the Journalism Competition and Preservation Act (JCPA), the Senate Judiciary Committee took an important step forward in leveling the playing field between local news outlets and Big Tech companies.
"For too long, local news outlets have been at the mercy of Big Tech behemoths that devalue broadcasters' critical community-focused journalism when it is accessed online. This legislation will enable local media to negotiate for the fair market value of our news content," saidNAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt.
2. Broadcasters Descend on Capitol Hill Talking AM, Virtual MVPD
This week, broadcasters from around the country gathered at NAB's headquarters in D.C. for a conference organized by the National Alliance of State Broadcasters Association (NASBA). The event focused on keeping AM radio in the car dashboard and a regulatory proceeding regarding broadcast television programming on streaming platforms (virtual Multichannel Video Programming Distributors).
Attendees heard from Sens. Ed Markey (MA) and Deb Fischer (NE) on recently introduced legislation aimed at preserving AM radio in automobiles, as well as from representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency who discussed AM radio's critical role in the National Public Warning System.
🏛️ The broadcasters then traveled to Capitol Hill to encourage congressional passage of the AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act, and urge the FCC to refresh the record in the vMVPD proceeding. Click here to urge your representatives to support the AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act.
3. NAB on the Move
On Tuesday, NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt attended the Cox Media Group senior leadership meeting and joined Cox Media Group Associate General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Law and Policy Alysia Long for a fireside chat on key policy issues impacting broadcasters, as well as industry DEI and recruiting efforts.
Last week, NAB Senior Vice President, Government Relations Nicole Gustafson spoke to the Florida Association of Broadcasters about grassroots lobbying.
NAB's Technology team and Curtis LeGeyt welcomed a delegation from Ethiopia to NAB for digital television transition training.
April Carty-Sipp, executive vice president of Industry Affairs, NAB, spoke at WorldDAB Automotive 2023 in Paris at a session titled "Radio's Prominence - The U.S. Perspective," where she was in conversation with Jacqueline Bierhorst, vice president, WorldDAB.
LeGeyt also gave closing remarks at the ATSC NEXTGEN Broadcast conference in Washington, D.C. NAB Chief Technology Officer Sam Matheny moderated a panel titled "Advanced Emergency Messaging" with Jerry Fritz, Sinclair Broadcasting; John Lawson, AWARN and
Fred Engel, PBS NC.
NAB Senior Vice President, Technology Lynn Claudy also moderated a panel, "Broadcast Positioning Services," where he was joined by NAB Vice President of Advanced Technologies Tariq Mondal, along with Mark Corl, Triveni Digital and Dr. Pat Diamond, Diamond Consulting.
4. ICYMI: Spotlight on Stations' Public Service
On June 6, the NAB Leadership Foundation's Celebration of Service to America Awards recognized outstanding public service work by local television and radio stations.
5. Member Benefit of the Month: APPI Energy Webinar
NAB member benefit partner APPI Energy will host a live, 30 minute webinar on Tuesday, June 20 at 11 a.m. ET to provide an update on what's happening in the energy markets, what to expect in the coming months and key strategies and solutions for taking control of energy costs at your organization.
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