NAB is committed to a "vibrant future" for broadcasting that will take advantage of the latest technology, according to a letter of welcome from NAB President-CEO David Rehr to Aneesh Chopra, the nation's first chief technology officer. "Both radio and television are embracing their digital future, with HD Radio gaining marketplace momentum for digital radio transmission, and the impending completion of the digital television [DTV] transition on June 12," Rehr writes.
Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo, host of Univision's top-rated syndicated morning show, is among those scheduled to participate in today's panel discussion on the negative impact of the proposed performance tax on Spanish-language radio. The event, organized by The Free Radio Alliance, planned to focus on "how a performance tax would destroy diversity in voice and thought in the Spanish-language radio community, as well as the potential for massive job losses."
Scripps TV group chief Brian Lawlor, in an interview with Harry A. Jessell, discusses the company's ability to expand its operations during the downturn and its plans to extend the Scripps brand as a 24-hour source of news and information on TV, the Web and mobile.
Opposition among federal lawmakers to a proposed radio performance tax continues to build, with the addition of six new House members and four Senators as co-sponsors of resolutions opposing the fee. The Local Radio Freedom Act has 184 co-sponsors in the House, while the Senate version, which had a March introduction, has six.
Conservative talk-show hosts, including Rush Limbaugh and Laura Ingraham, are devoting a great deal of air time to criticizing Republican John McCain's race for the presidency. While some have questioned whether the hosts are compromising their credibility by taking on McCain, Michael Harrison, publisher of Talkers magazine, said ratings -- not election results -- drive talk radio, and the campaign is fueling strong listener interest.