The National Assn. of Broadcasters is seeking “control and ownership” of license fee and royalty rights to new digital-audio broadcast technology. In a briefing for reporters, NAB exec v.p. John Abel said NAB has moved quickly to endorse the Eureka 147 DAB system. The reason for NAB’s haste, per Abel, is that the radio industry must “steer the DAB ship rather than being merely a passenger.”
Abel said the NAB made a “serious error” in not lobbying the FCC for a single AM stereo standard. The NAB has been fighting to ensure that any FCC-selected DAB standard will be a ground-based technology. The trade group fears that local broadcasters could be rendered obsolete should the FCC endorse a satellite-based standard.