After a seven-year hiatus, NBC Universal today announced it will rejoin the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), 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 Washington at a time of incredibly rapid change and numerous legislative challenges,” said Jeff Zucker, President & CEO, NBC Universal.
“It has never been more important for us to work together to ensure that television broadcasting remains a dynamic and competitive force in the marketplace for many years to come.”
NAB President and CEO David K. Rehr hailed the NBC Universal decision, which coincided with the opening day of NAB’s annual convention in Las Vegas.
“We are delighted to have NBC Universal in NAB,” said Rehr. “There is no question that NAB will be stronger as an organization with NBCU as a member. NBC Universal and its owned and operated stations have a proven commitment to the highest standards of broadcasting, and we are honored to have this legendary broadcast company in NAB membership.”
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.