NAB chief Gordon Smith told station owners today that they must redouble their efforts to persuade tech companies to build TV and radio receivers into smartphones and other mobile devices. Internet streaming services “will never have what we have — the ability to deliver our high quality content reliably,” Smith said in his keynote speech at the NAB confab in Las Vegas. But he adds that broadcasters who want to beam signals directly to mobile devices ”must continue to rise up to meet consumer’s desire for more live, local TV content.” He added that stations should “seriously consider the challenges and opportunities of moving to a new standard” that would enable them to “compete in a mobile world, and find new revenue streams.” Hurricane Sandy helped to make a case for adding radio to mobile devices. “Up and down the Eastern seaboard, we heard stories of cell networks and broadband connections being down for days, even weeks. But radio was always on.” Even so, Smith says that radio stations “can’t take their place in the [automobile] dashboard for granted. We must continue to innovate and provide the content listeners want on many different platforms.”
Parents who hoped that entertainment companies would reduce the violent imagery that they pump into the popular culture following the Newtown school shootings are out of luck. The MPAA and virtually every other major entertainment industry lobby group announced today that they will “make a positive contribution to the national conversation on violent behavior” by launching campaigns to promote “readily available and easy-to-use” techniques parents can use to control kids’ exposure to gruesome movies and TV shows. The initiative includes PSAs, boosted websites, in-theater ads and other platforms to push existing ratings systems, parental controls and informational resources — including many that were available long before Newtown.
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UPDATED: FCC chairman Julius Genachowski waded into political season during his keynote today at the NAB Show, the annual content confab that hit full speed today with speeches from key broadcast players. Genachowski said that opposition to a proposal that would require stations to post online how much candidates spend on ads is “against technology, against transparency and against journalism.” The FCC will vote on the matter April 27. Such information has long been available to any citizen who takes the time to go down to a station and look through records in person. However, many NAB members worry that putting the hard numbers online could risk giving away individual station ad rates to local and regional rivals, especially in the highly competitive local news market. In his speech today, the FCC chief estimated that total political ad spending could be as high as $3B this election year.
National Association of Broadcasters president and CEO Gordon Smith told the industry crowd at the NAB Show in Las Vegas today to beware of broadcasters’ wireless rivals while touting the lobbying group’s legislative victories over the past year. Smith, giving the State of the Industry address this morning, warned that telecommunications companies who have been grabbing spectrum for mobile TV services will be seeking more. “They want us out of this game,” he said in his prepared remarks. “We can’t let down our guard.” In another major part of Smith’s keynote, he cited NAB’s efforts to help knock down the Performance Rights Act and shape spectrum laws that benefited broadcasters, calling the wins “game-changers” that “elevated the stature of NAB in Washington.” Said Smith: “We averted a spectrum grab from misguided friends who would have you believe that broadcasting is yesterday’s technology.”
Who’d have thought that TV broadcasters would be so bent out of shape by a proposal to let Web users see political ad sales information that stations already provide on paper to people who visit a station? But they are, and they’re leaving little to chance as the FCC heads toward an April 27 meeting where commissioners are due to vote on a measure that would require stations to feed their info to an FCC database. NAB chief Gordon Smith met yesterday with FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski saying that stations shouldn’t be required to change. Among his reasons: Broadcasters fear that they’ll lose bargaining leverage with advertisers. If buyers can go online and see how much a station charged for specific political ads, the thinking goes, then they’d know how low a station’s willing to go. Federal law enables candidates to pay the lowest rates a station provides to its most favored commercial advertisers. Smith talked about a possible compromise that would only require stations to feed the FCC info about total charges for political ads — requiring those interested in specific invoices to visit the stations.
You have to hand it to Pro Publica for coming up with a creative work-around to one of the weirdest disputes at the FCC — the debate over whether to make local TV station data about political advertising available online. The public interest journalism group has begun to enlist people to visit local TV stations and copy the info about political ads that they’re already required to make public on paper. Reporters will put the files online for everyone to see. “These paper files contain detailed data on all political ads that run on the channel, such as when they aired, who bought the time and how much they paid,” Pro Publica says. ”It’s a transparency gold mine, allowing the public to see how campaigns and outside groups are influencing elections.” The FCC seems to share that desire to make the info easy for people to find. It’s weighing a proposal that would require stations to put their reports online. Public interest groups love the idea. The deans or directors of 12 major college journalism programs also told the FCC that the files include “vital information about the American political system.”
WASHINGTON, DC — Gordon H. Smith, President and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters, has agreed to a five-year contract extension that keeps him at the helm of NAB through 2016, NAB Joint Board Chairman Paul Karpowicz announced today.
Smith, 59, joined NAB in November 2009 and oversees the advocacy efforts of thousands of local radio and television stations across America. He is a former two-term United States Senator from Oregon (1996-2008) and was a successful entrepreneur before launching his career in politics.