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National Association of Broadcasters (NAB)

Self Description

October 2002: "The National Association of Broadcasters is a full-service trade association that promotes and protects the interests of radio and television broadcasters in Washington and around the world. NAB is the broadcaster's voice before Congress, federal agencies and the Courts. We also serve a growing number of associate and international broadcaster members."

Third-Party Descriptions

August 2009: "The Performance Rights Act, introduced in both the House and Senate, aims to force radio stations to start paying artists for the music they play on the air. Needless to say, the RIAA and record labels are pushing hard for the bill's passage, but big broadcasters like Clear Channel aren't quite so fond of it. The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), for example, has launched a public advertising campaign against the bill, arguing that the additional royalties could destroy commercial radio."

July 2007: The NAB is already attacking the proposed royalty as a 'performance tax,' and spokesman Dennis Wharton warns that the levy, which would amount to millions of dollars a year, would threaten the financial well-being of AM and FM stations, many of which are small. Besides, Wharton said, artists and their labels already get rich from the publicity that the stations' airtime provides.

February 2005: WASHINGTON -- The National Association of Broadcasters doesn't lose many battles in Washington. But on Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission dealt the powerful group a painful blow when it refused to require cable operators to carry broadcasters' multiple digital streams.,1412,66567,00.html


RoleNameTypeLast Updated
Advised by (past or present) Prof. Ben Edelman J.D., Ph.D Person Mar 30, 2008
Organization Head/Leader (past or present) Edward Fritts Person May 14, 2005
Director/Trustee/Overseer (past or present) Mark P. Mays MBA Person Mar 18, 2008

Articles and Resources

Date Resource Read it at:
Aug 05, 2009 Senate hears royalty debate pitting Big Content vs Big Radio

QUOTE: Radio stations pay only songwriters for the music they play, while recording artists get nothing (except publicity). When music is delivered via webcasting, cable networks, and satellite radio, however, station owners need to pay both songwriters and recording artists.

Ars Technica
Jun 10, 2009 Lobbyists unlimited in honoring lawmakers

QUOTE: Despite a ban on gifts to lawmakers and limits on campaign contributions, lobbyists and groups that employ them can spend unlimited money to honor members of Congress or donate to non-profits connected to them or their relatives.

Jan 01, 2009 The Plot to Kill Google

QUOTE: The company's [Google] growth, ambitions, and politics have made it a target of some of the country's most powerful businesses and interest groups.

Oct 24, 2008 Debate to delay 'white space' vote heats up

QUOTE: Google and Microsoft, support the use of "white spaces," because they believe the spectrum can be used to help deliver new wireless broadband services. After more than four years, and over 30,000 filings by the public, broadcasters now accuse the commission of a rush to judgment on the white spaces.

Jul 19, 2008 Move to Digital TV Faces Language Barrier: Many Hispanics Unprepared for Switch

QUOTE: The switch to all-digital television has been bumpy. Despite multimillion-dollar ad campaigns by the government and the broadcasting industry, some lawmakers and community leaders fear that the efforts have fallen short in informing viewers who watch TV with rabbit-ear antennas that those days are numbered. Consumers who do not speak English rely heavily on such television broadcasts to receive critical information such as news and weather warnings. But these communities have been the hardest to reach and educate about the transition.

Washington Post
Sep 02, 2007 Airing Their Differences About Pay for Play: Musicians and Radio Owners Turn Up the Volume In Debate Over Royalties vs. Free Promotion

QUOTE: Artists such as Judy Collins, Don Henley, Tony Bennett and Sam Moore (of the R&B duo Sam & Dave) argue that radio stations ought to pay for the music they play on the air -- but station owners counter that for all the promotion they do for the record industry, it's the labels that should be paying them.

Washington Post
Jul 03, 2007 Radio Royalties: Reprising Ol' Blue Eyes' Battle

QUOTE: Songwriters receive royalties when their compositions are played on AM and FM radio. But neither musicians nor the music's owners get a dime.

Washington Post
Mar 31, 2007 XM-Sirius Debate Comes Down to Competition

QUOTE: The National Association of Broadcasters and the Consumers Union say they will issue formal statements to the Federal Communications Commission in the coming weeks, urging rejection of the proposed merger between the XM and Sirius satellite radio companies when the agency solicits public comment. The groups argue that an XM-Sirius merger would amount to a government bailout of two money-losing ventures that paid hundreds of millions of dollars for big-name talent to lure subscribers.

Washington Post
Sep 06, 2006 Entertainment Industry Donates to Allen's Bid

QUOTE: U.S. Sen. George Allen (R-Va.) is a leading recipient of entertainment-related campaign contributions to members of Congress, a nonpartisan analysis released yesterday shows, even as the senator has been criticizing his Democratic opponent's ties to Hollywood.

Washington Post
Feb 22, 2006 The $75 Billion TV Tab

QUOTE: ...a provision requiring television broadcasters to switch their signals from analog to digital by Feb. 19, 2009. The intent is to free up valuable bandwidth that the federal government can sell, presumably to help whittle down the budget deficit. But it will also require much of the country to spend billions in order to watch television...

Nov 03, 2005 Weighing Webcasters' Rights to Content

QUOTE: If television broadcasters and webcasters have their way in international treaty talks, they would gain new, 50-year rights to virtually any video they beam out, even if no one owns the rights to the content.

Washington Post
May 06, 2005 Court Nixes 'Broadcast Flag'

QUOTE: n a blow to the entertainment industry, a federal appeals court on Friday found that federal regulators overstepped their authority by requiring consumer-electronics manufacturers to help restrict digital home recording.

Feb 11, 2005 Multicast Ruling Muddies Waters

QUOTE: ...Federal Communications Commission dealt the powerful [National Association of Broadcasters--Ed.] a painful blow when it refused to require cable operators to carry broadcasters' multiple digital streams.

May 22, 2003 FCC Travel Routinely Funded by Industry: Watchdog Group Documents Regulators' Trips on the Regulated's Nickel

QUOTE: Over the past eight years, Federal Communications Commission officials have taken 2,500 business trips to global tourist spots, most of which were paid for by the media and telecommunications companies the agency oversees...

Washington Post
Mar 10, 2003 Study links violent TV, later aggression: A group at the University of Michigan tracked children and found apparent results.

QUOTE: Children who watch a lot of violent television are more apt to be aggressive in young adulthood, doing such things as physically attacking someone or throwing things at their spouses.

Philadelphia Inquirer
Feb 14, 2003 Network ownership of local stations at crossroads

QUOTE: ...the Federal Communications Commission...must figure out what to do with a rule that bars owning TV stations that collectively reach more than 35% of the 106.7 million U.S. television's a matter of fair play, possibly even survival.

Oct 18, 2002 Digital Radio: Small Guys' Ruin?

QUOTE: The noise big radio conglomerates are making about digital radio is likely to drown out community radio stations -- dashing small broadcasters' hopes that the new technology would boost their signal.