Gordon Smith will remain the broadcasting biz’s top lobbyist through 2018.
The National Assn. of Broadcasters has extended Smith’s contract as prexy-CEO through the end of 2018. The former two-term Republican senator from Oregon has been at the helm of the org since late 2009.
“Gordon Smith has been tested under fire and proven himself to be a remarkable unifying voice for America’s free and local radio and television stations,” said NAB board chairman Charles Warfield. “His integrity is unquestioned, and his determination to fight for broadcasters in the public policy arena is undiminished.”
Smith will steer a busy agenda for the NAB in the coming months. Broadcasters are wary of the FCC’s efforts to persuade TV station owners to give up some of their spectrum for auctions that are planned for 2015. The FCC is also scrutinizing the rules and protocols regarding retransmission consent deals between broadcasters and MVPDs, just as local broadcasters are starting to realize real revenue
The NAB is also pushing back on FCC efforts to tighten the rules governing Joint Sales Agreements, or deals that allow a station to be managed by a rival outlet in the same market.