NEW YORK and LAS VEGAS, April 16 /Standard Newswire/ -- After a seven-year hiatus, NBC Universal today announced it will rejoin the National Association of Broadcasters, the industry trade group that represents free, over-the-air broadcasters on Capitol Hill and at the FCC.
"We are pleased to rejoin the NAB and help give the broadcast side of our business a powerful and united voice in
NAB President and CEO David K. Rehr hailed the NBC Universal decision, which coincided with the opening day of NAB's annual convention in
Today's announcement reinstates NBC Universal into NAB membership, along with the company's 10 NBC owned-and-operated television stations. In addition, Jay Ireland, President of the NBC Universal Television Stations and Network Operations, will be invited to fill a network television seat on the NAB Board of Directors.
NAB Joint Board of Directors Chairman Bruce Reese called the announcement "terrific news for every broadcast station in
NBC withdrew from the NAB in March 2000 over policy disagreements concerning deregulatory relief for the television industry and the role of the NAB in lobbying with respect to those issues. Rick Cotton, EVP and General Counsel for NBC Universal, added, "The vast majority of the broadcast issues on the table today are ones where the network, the affiliates and the NAB have the same interests. After a positive meeting with the new leadership, we believe that the issues which led us to withdraw are behind us and unlikely to reassert themselves."
Network membership in NAB continues to be a top priority of the NAB Board of Directors. In addition to NBC Universal, NAB's network membership includes Disney/ABC, ION Media Networks and Univision Communications.
About NBC Universal
NBC Universal is one of the world's leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Formed in May 2004 through the combining of NBC and Vivendi Universal Entertainment, NBC Universal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, and world-renowned theme parks. NBC Universal is 80% owned by General Electric and 20% owned by Vivendi.
The National Association of Broadcasters is a trade association that advocates on behalf of more than 8,300 free, local radio and television stations and also broadcast networks before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the Courts. Information about NAB can be found at www.nab.org.