The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has adopted an order addressing ATSC 3.0.
"NEXTGEN TV holds the potential to offer tremendous benefits for viewers. To unlock that potential, broadcasters are undergoing a complex and challenging transition. The steps the Commission has taken today – to facilitate the hosting of multicast programming and provide an end date to a rule mandating identical ATSC 1.0 and 3.0 broadcasts – will help make that transition possible," said NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt.
2. Book Your Tickets Now to Join us in NYC
Registration is now open for NAB Show New York, to be held October 24-26 at the Javits Center. Check out the programs we've created specifically for television and radio broadcasters:
3. Sens. Cruz and Markey Push Automakers on AM Radio
Last week, Sens. Ed Markey (MA) and Ted Cruz (TX) sent letters to seven automakers - BMW, Tesla, Mazda, Volkswagen, Polestar, Volvo and Rivian – regarding their plans for AM radio in their vehicles.
"Preserving AM radio not only aligns with the growing recognition of its significance but also demonstrates a commitment to public safety and meeting consumer expectations. We request that you respond to this letter with a commitment to keep AM radio in all your new vehicles," they wrote.
Also this week, the attorneys general of 16 states sent a letter to the Electric Drive Transportation Association and the Zero Emission Transportation Association voicing their concerns with removing AM radio from vehicles.
4. TV Stations: Verify Your 13 GHz Licenses
The FCC has proposed to auction the 13 GHz band, currently used by broadcasters for studio-transmitter links (STLs) and electronic newsgathering (ENG). Broadcasters would be repacked and/or relocated into other bands or media and reimbursed for the costs of changing facilities, provided they have met a certification requirement.
Broadcasters will need to certify that they are operating in accordance with their licenses in order to be eligible for reimbursement.
You must verify all license data in the FCC's Universal Licensing System (ULS) related to your 13 GHz broadcast auxiliary services licenses. If you are currently using 13 GHz for ENG, not fixed links, please notify Society of Broadcast Engineers Frequency Coordination Manager RJ Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org of the licensee callsign and designated market area.
For further information, contact NAB Legal and Regulatory Affairs' Robert Weller at email@example.com.
4. Backstage with ESPN's Kevin Negandhi
🎙️ ESPN's trailblazing sportscaster Kevin Negandhi sits down with NAB Chief Creative Officer and Vice President, Digital Gagan Nirula to discuss career insights and strategies for younger broadcasters to break big.
5. NAB on the Move
Photo by Dan Swartz
On May 17, Washingtonian hosted an event to honor the 500 Most Influential People Shaping Policy. Pictured here: Jim Wallis of Georgetown University, former Acting Solicitor General of the United States Neal Katyal of Hogan Lovells, NAB President and CEO Curtis LeGeyt and NAB Chief of Staff and Executive Vice President of Public Affairs Michelle Lehman.
Additionally, LeGeyt has joined the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Association Committee of 100 (C100), a distinguished group of association executives from across the country dedicated to strengthening American business.
NAB Senior Vice President, Government Relations Josh Pollack addressed the Montana Broadcasters Association this past weekend in Billings, Mont.
6. Member Benefit of the Month
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7. Happy Fourth of July
🎆 The Wrap is taking next week off for the Fourth of July holiday. We'll see you on July 16.