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NABA provides representation for North American broadcasters in global forums on topics including technical standards and digital transition, spectrum related issues, safety and security, territorial integrity of broadcasters’ signals, journalism issues such as freedom of speech and protection of journalists, and protection of content.
There are three classes of NABA membership: Full, Associate and Affiliate. The Full members are North American National Broadcasters and they automatically form the Board of Directors. Associate members tend to be regional networks, specialty services or foreign broadcasters. There are two positions on the board reserved for Associate members. Affiliate members are usually service providers, equipment providers or vendors who have no voting rights but who are involved in the business of broadcasting and have a direct interest in many of the items dealt with in the NABA work plan.
A North American office is required for membership consideration. Membership is granted only on the approval of the NABA Board of Directors.
Benefits of Membership in NABA
NABA's greatest strength is the breadth of its membership. It brings together some of the most successful and influential broadcasters in North America, both private and public. Its members include national and regional broadcasting associations, specialty services, and major suppliers of products and services. Becoming a NABA member opens the door to a range of expertise, business interests, services and opportunities essential to broadcasters operating in today's complex and challenging environment. Here are just some of the benefits of a NABA membership:
- Advocacy - NABA is the common voice for North American broadcasters at home and around the world. Joining NABA is a key strategy for broadcasters looking for a strong and effective advocate.
- Networking - NABA provides outstanding opportunities for broadcasters to enhance their networks of contacts across the communications industry.
- Intelligence - NABA's broad membership and international reach ensure that its members are able to gather information on what others in the sector are doing and learn from some of the leading thinkers in the communications industry.
- International exposure - As a member of and Secretariat to the WBU, NABA can help members meet and build relationships with leading broadcasters in North America and around the world.
- Access to industry leaders - NABA helps members broaden their homes and keep in touch with key trends and developments across the industry by providing access to nationally and internationally known speakers from the broadcasting sector and beyond.
- Work with NABA committees - All NABA members are encouraged to be full participants in any committee activity of interest to them. NABA committees provide members with forums where they can collaborate on best practices, discuss common challenges and opportunities, and work together to effect change.
- Participation in NABA and WBU seminars and tutorials - NABA membership entitles broadcasters to participate in the WBU's International Satellite Operations Group (WBU-ISOG) forums held every spring and fall alternately between North America and Europe/Asia.
- Participation in the NABA AGM and Conference - NABA's Annual General Meeting (AGM) provides members with the opportunity to gather in one place to discuss important issues in official meetings and through conference panels. NABA members take turns hosting the AGM at their facilities, with past AGMs taking place at CNN (Atlanta), Fox (Los Angeles), CBC/Radio-Canada (Toronto), NBC-Universal (New York), and Televisa/TV Azteca (Mexico City).
Some Current Issues on NABA's Radar Screen
- HD radio and television program production and post-production
- HD program collection and distribution
- DTV and HDTV transmission by terrestrial broadcast, cable, Internet, and DBS/DTH
- Protection of broadcasters' spectrum
- Technical and legal solutions to protect signals
- Common radio and television standards for similar applications
- Recognition of intellectual property rights and the illegality of signal theft across international borders
- Developing technical tools such as watermarking to protect content
- Safety and security of those working in all aspects of broadcasting at home and abroad
Participation in the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU)
NABA members may participate in the activities of World Broadcasting Unions (WBU), the coordinating body for broadcasting unions which represent broadcasters worldwide. Members may participate in two working committees:
- International Satellite Operations Group (WBU-ISOG)
- Technical Committee (WBU-TC)
- Sports Committee (WBU-SC)
- WIPO Broadcaster Treaty Group (WBU-WIPO)
NABA representation is provided in the WBU Secretaries/Directors General forum through NABA’s Secretary General and Secretariat. Administrative services are provided to the WBU through the NABA Secretariat. The WBU provides global solutions on key issues for its member unions:
- Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU)
- Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU)
- African Union of Broadcasting (AUB)
- International Association of Broadcasting (IAB/AIR)
- Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU)
- European Broadcasting Union (EBU)
- North American Broadcasters Association (NABA)
- Organización de Telecommunicaciones Iberoamericanas (OTI)
Our members work together to ensure the industry functions smoothly and effectively at an international level. NABA is your voice in the international broadcast industry.