CBS, Fox Rejoin NAB
May 10, 2010 at 1:34 PM (PT)
CBS CORP. and FOX BROADCASTING have rejoined the NAB, bringing CBS' 29 TV stations and 130 radio stations back into the fold, as well as the 27 owned-and-operated FOX TV stations and the MYNETWORKTV programming service.
"The interests of our industry, our company and our viewers are best served by speaking with one voice on Capitol Hill, at the FCC and in the Courts," FOX TELEVISION Stations CEO JACK ABERNETHY said. "We look forward to working with GORDON SMITH and the other member companies of the NAB toward our common goal of enhancing the enduring values of over-the-air television."
"As the media landscape evolves ever more rapidly, over-the-air broadcasting faces a number of clear opportunities and some significant challenges," CBS EVP/Planning, Policy and Government Affairs MARTIN D. FRANKS said. "One of the very best ways to address these issues is through a resurgent NAB under GORDON SMITH's leadership. We look forward to adding CBS's voice to NAB's efforts to preserve and enhance broadcasting on behalf of the public we serve."
As part of today's announcement, FRANKS and ABERNETHY will serve as CBS and FOX's members of the NAB Board of Directors.
"Today is a great day for broadcasting, for NAB, and for the tens of millions of Americans who rely every day on CBS, FOX and other broadcast programming for highly-valued content," said NAB Pres./CEO GORDON SMITH. "Both CBS and FOX currently have superb advocacy arms in WASHINGTON. We are delighted by their vote of confidence in the NAB team, and we look forward to presenting a seamless display of broadcast unity inside the Beltway. Our challenges are many, but the mission of free and local broadcasting remains a worthy cause."