NAB 2018: Smith Paints Bright Picture of Broadcasting's Future

Group's president cites five big wins in Washington
Publish date:
Gordon Smith, NAB 2018 keynote

NAB chief Gordon Smith spoke Monday (April 9) at NAB 2018 in Las Vegas.

National Association of Broadcasters president Gordon Smith called on broadcasters to envision a world remade by new broadcast technology, one aided by NAB lobbying gains in recent months, as well as to envision a world without broadcasting.

Smith was waxing eloquent in his opening speech at the NAB Show in Las Vegas Monday (April 9), where he was introduced as NAB’s ‘fearless leader.”

Read More: Complete Coverage of NAB 2018

His theme was "standing on the shoulders of giants."

One thing Smith wanted attendees to see from that vantage was the gains they had made in Washington since last year, what he tabbed the "five enormous wins."

  •  "The FCC approved voluntary deployment of the Next-Gen TV standard, which promises to deliver the benefits of ultra-high definition television, interactive features and customizable content to viewers.
  • "We again fought back attempts by the record labels to tax radio stations simply for promoting and playing the music listeners love to hear."
  • "We prevented a $169 billion tax on advertising that would hurt every broadcast station, as well as small businesses and vital, local jobs."
  • "More, the Commission made significant strides to modernize outdated media ownership rules.
  • "And, most recently, broadcasters were instrumental in securing $1 billion in legislation passed by Congress to reimburse radio and television stations for their costs during the spectrum repacking process, ensuring viewers and listeners don’t lose access to their stations."

The last was greeted by applause.