Fritts Under Contract at NAB Until 2008


Ending a bitter controversy, National Association of Broadcasters president Edward Fritts Thursday agreed to a new two-year contract that includes a consulting extension that binds him to the powerful trade group until April 2008, sources said.

The new contract ends the attempt by NAB joint board chairman Phil Lombardo and his TV-station-group allies to oust Fritts, who has favored a less hostile legal and lobbying strategy toward the major broadcast networks, all of which have left the NAB in recent years.

A bid to force Fritts to resign in April failed when his allies in the radio industry backed him in the power struggle.

Leadership at other trade groups remains in flux. National Cable & Telecommunications Association president Robert Sachs has not renewed his contract, which expires at the end of the year. And the Motion Picture Association of America’s long search for Jack Valenti’s replacement continues.