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CBS EXECUTIVE AND NABA TECHNICAL COMMITTEE MEMBER JOSEPH FLAHERTY DESIGNATED 2014 RECIPIENT OF ZWORYKIN PRIZE


Nov. 19, 2014 / TORONTO, Canada - We are pleased to announce that Joseph A. Flaherty, Senior Broadcast Engineering Executive for CBS and also a long-time member, and former Chair, of NABA's Technical Committee, has been chosen as the 2014 recipient of the Vladimir Zworykin Prize.

We are pleased to announce that Joseph A. Flaherty, Senior Broadcast Engineering Executive for CBS and also a long-time member, and former Chair, of NABA's Technical Committee, has been chosen as the 2014 recipient of the Vladimir Zworykin Prize. The Prize was established by Russia's National Association of TV and Radio Broadcasters (www.nat.ru) and named in honour of the Russian-American scientist credited for his role in the early development of the television medium. This award caps a long and illustrious career of honours for Dr. Flaherty, including the development of high-definition television (HDTV) as well as electronic news gathering (ENG). He is also widely considered the leading American representative in the field of global spectrum development and allocation.

Michael McEwen, Director-General of NABA noted that:

This award recognizes a lifetime of achievement by our colleague Joe Flaherty. From ENG to HDTV and the protection and efficiency of broadcast spectrum, Joe's contributions have been life changing for our industry and the billions of viewers we serve around the world. We have all benefited from his tireless work - thank you Joe. It's a well deserved honour and recognition of your many contributions.

The decision on granting the Award is taken by the Expert Council, which consists of industry professionals with internationally recognized achievements in the creation of broadcast technologies. The award will be given officially to Flaherty in a ceremony this evening in Moscow.

Congratulations to Dr. Flaherty from all your NABA colleagues.

About NABA

NABA is a non-profit association of the most influential broadcasting organizations throughout North America committed to advancing the interests of broadcasters at home and internationally. Network broadcasters, both public and private, in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, work together to provide a common voice for the North American broadcast community. As a member of the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU), NABA creates the opportunity for North American broadcasters to share information, identify common interests, and reach consensus on issues of an international nature.

About WBU

The WBU is the coordinating body for broadcasting unions who represent broadcast networks across the globe. It was established in 1992 as a coordinating body at the international broadcasting level. Since then, the WBU has provided global solutions on key issues for its member unions. The North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) acts as secretariat for the WBU. The broadcasting unions who belong to the WBU are the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB), the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the International Association of Broadcasting (IAB/AIR), the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) and the Organizacion de Telecomunicaciones Iberoamericanas (OTI).

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NABA's Michael McEwen Writes for Broadcast Dialogue on why "Change is in the Air"


Oct. 30, 2014 / TORONTO, Canada - This article is available via permission from Canada's Broadcast Dialogue magazine at the following link: http://www.broadcastdialogue.com/Admin/pdf/stories/Story%202014-10-30_NABA_Change%20is%20in%20the%20air.pdf

For those of us who were in Amsterdam a few weeks ago for the IBC, there seemed to be a sea change if not an outright revolution in the industry. It was all about IP; production, collection and delivery ...

About NABA

NABA is a non-profit association of the most influential broadcasting organizations throughout North America committed to advancing the interests of broadcasters at home and internationally. Network broadcasters, both public and private, in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, work together to provide a common voice for the North American broadcast community. As a member of the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU), NABA creates the opportunity for North American broadcasters to share information, identify common interests, and reach consensus on issues of an international nature.

About WBU

The WBU is the coordinating body for broadcasting unions who represent broadcast networks across the globe. It was established in 1992 as a coordinating body at the international broadcasting level. Since then, the WBU has provided global solutions on key issues for its member unions. The North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) acts as secretariat for the WBU. The broadcasting unions who belong to the WBU are the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB), the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the International Association of Broadcasting (IAB/AIR), the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) and the Organizacion de Telecomunicaciones Iberoamericanas (OTI).

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NABA SUPPORTS WBU's POSITION ON SPECTRUM ALLOCATION


July 30, 2014 / TORONTO, Canada - The World Broadcasting Unions (WBU) has released an official joint position on radio spectrum allocation of digital TV and satellite distribution spectrums. As a member of the WBU, NABA fully supports the statement, particularly noting the importance of maintaining the current allocation of UHF frequencies (470-694/698 MHz) used for terrestrial TV broadcasting.

The use of radio-frequency spectrum by broadcasters remains an important vehicle for the efficient and scalable delivery of high-quality media content and emergency alerting services to both fixed and mobile audiences, specifically relying on DTV Broadcasting Services. Without the guarantee of sufficient stable spectrum allocations in the future, innovation and development of new television services including ultra high-definition and mobile television are severely hampered.

NABA's Director-General, Michael McEwen commented that "Our concern is to maintain a constantly improving range of services to the billions of viewers we serve daily around the world with freely accessible signals. Sharing the spectrum or losing parts of the spectrum degrades these services and opportunities for the future. Spectrum is a public resource and should be utilized in directly servicing the public, which broadcasters do every minute of every day."

The WBU statement also outlines support for the preservation of C-band frequencies (3.7-4.2 GHz), which is used for fixed satellite services essential to broadcasters' operations globally. Systems employing this FSS band have been extensively deployed over decades, primarily for the distribution of content from network centers.

The statement is based on spectrum studies of both the UHF and C-band frequencies, which have demonstrated that major interference to broadcast operations would result from sharing these bands with International Mobile Telecommunications (IMT). Limiting the content and quality of transmission creates serious problems for broadcasters and could also lead to unwanted social and economic consequences if free-to-air broadcasting becomes severely limited. These studies are filed with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) in Geneva.

More details can be found in the official (linked) WBU Statement.

About NABA

NABA is a non-profit association of the most influential broadcasting organizations throughout North America committed to advancing the interests of broadcasters at home and internationally. Network broadcasters, both public and private, in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, work together to provide a common voice for the North American broadcast community. As a member of the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU), NABA creates the opportunity for North American broadcasters to share information, identify common interests, and reach consensus on issues of an international nature.

About WBU

The WBU is the coordinating body for broadcasting unions who represent broadcast networks across the globe. It was established in 1992 as a coordinating body at the international broadcasting level. Since then, the WBU has provided global solutions on key issues for its member unions. The North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) acts as secretariat for the WBU. The broadcasting unions who belong to the WBU are the Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU), the Arab States Broadcasting Union (ASBU), the African Union of Broadcasting (AUB), the Caribbean Broadcasting Union (CBU), the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), the International Association of Broadcasting (IAB/AIR), the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) and the Organizacion de Telecomunicaciones Iberoamericanas (OTI).

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EMMIS COMMUNICATIONS JOINS NABA AS AN ASSOCIATE MEMBER PAUL BRENNER ASSUMES VICE-CHAIR ROLE ON NABA’s RADIO COMMITTEE


July 25, 2014 / TORONTO, Canada - We are pleased to welcome Emmis Communications as a new Associate Member of the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA). Emmis joins other North American national broadcasters, regional networks, and specialty service broadcasters in defining, debating, and suggesting solutions to the issues and challenges broadcasters face, here in North America and around the world. We are also extremely pleased to have Emmis’ CTO – Paul Brenner – accept the role of Vice-Chair of NABA’s new and expanding Radio Committee (RC). Brenner will work alongside Chair Julie McCambley of CBC/Radio-Canada.

The NABA Board of Directors enthusiastically welcomes this new membership and RC Vice-Chair role. NABA’s Director-General Michael McEwen noted that:

Emmis Communications and Paul Brenner reflect the very best of innovation and adaptive strategies to a changing radio environment. Their participation in NABA brings to the RC and the Association wide experience and willingness to challenge traditional thinking. I am also delighted that Paul has accepted Julie’s invitation to be Vice-Chair. In working with our radio community Paul will bring his exceptional skills and leadership on the diverse challenges the industry faces.

In joining NABA and accepting the RC Vice-Chair role, Brenner remarked that:

The globalization of technology has forced companies to look well beyond country-by-country. By scaling up efforts across this large geographic region and array of organizations and talent, we are more likely to challenge each other and drive revolutionary change. We must rethink the ways of the past that focused on technology for technology sake or improvements to specific broadcast-related technology and strive to change perceptions of our medium. Think differently. Universal compelling content, whether aural, visual, analog, digital or hybrid solutions that blend bi-directional technologies are goals we should all aspire to accomplish together.

A big welcome to Emmis Communications and Paul Brenner from NABA.

About Emmis Communications:

Emmis Communications Corporation is a diversified media company, principally focused on radio broadcasting. Emmis operates the 9th largest radio portfolio in the United States based on total listeners. Emmis owns 19 FM and 4 AM radio stations in New York, Los Angeles, St. Louis, Austin, Indianapolis and Terre Haute, IN. For more on Emmis Communications, please visit www.emmis.com.

About NABA

NABA is a non-profit association of the most influential broadcasting organizations throughout North America committed to advancing the interests of broadcasters at home and internationally. Network broadcasters, both public and private, in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, work together to provide a common voice for the North American broadcast community. As a member of the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU), NABA creates the opportunity for North American broadcasters to share information, identify common interests, and reach consensus on issues of an international nature. NABA provides representation for North American broadcasters in global forums on topics including journalism issues, protection of content, spectrum related concerns, the territorial integrity of broadcasters’ signals, and digital transmission issues.

For further information about NABA, please visit www.nabanet.com

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NABA’s Michael McEwen featured in IBE Connects Interview on Next Generation of TV Views


April 23, 2014 / LAS VEGAS, United States - Michael McEwen, Director-General of the North American Broadcasters Association gives a view of the transition towards a non-linear and IP focused next generation of television.

NAB Show® is the world's largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. With more than 93,000 Attendees from 156 countries and 1,550+ Exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new devices in new ways.

For further information about NABA, please visit www.nabanet.com

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Bell Media Joins NABA as a Full Member


February 27, 2014 / TORONTO, Canada - We are most pleased to welcome Bell Media as a new Full Member of the North American broadcasters Association. Bell Media, owner of the terrestrial CTV Network amongst many other properties, now joins other North American national broadcasters, regional networks, and specialty service broadcasters in defining, debating, and suggesting solutions to the myriad of issues and challenges broadcasters face, both here in North America and around the world. We look forward to Bell Media playing an active role with NABA’s various Committees and Working Groups, particularly those looking at The Next Generation of Television, as well as workflow and multi-platform delivery, where Bell Media has major interests because of their opportunities in this regard. The NABA Board of Directors enthusiastically welcomes their membership.

“I am very pleased to welcome our fellow broadcasters from Bell Media. Their participation strengthens Canada's voice on broadcasting issues faced by all North American broadcasters and further on to global forums and institutions. Bell Media will participate in the full range of NABA Committees and projects. As a truly converged company, those issues and projects that speak to file formats, workflow, and distribution will be of keen interest, as well as radio issues, and the protection of journalists and crews in the field. I look forward to their innovative approach and a fresh point of view to the important challenges the broadcast community faces.”
-Michael McEwen, Director-General, NABA

Again, a big welcome to Bell Media from the NABA family!

About Bell Media:

With passion and an unrelenting commitment to excellence, Bell Media creates content and builds brands that entertain, inform, engage, and inspire audiences through the platforms of their choice. Bell Media is Canada's premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out-of-home advertising, and digital media. Bell Media owns 30 local television stations led by CTV, Canada's #1 television network; 35 specialty channels, including TSN and RDS, Canada's most-watched specialty channels in English and French; four pay TV services, including The Movie Network and Super Écran; and is managing shareholder of premium payper-view service Viewers Choice Canada. Bell Media is also Canada's largest radio broadcaster, with 107 licensed radio stations in 55 markets across Canada. Bell Media also operates more than 200 websites, delivers TV Everywhere with its innovative GO video streaming services, including CTV GO, TMN GO, and Bravo GO, and owns Dome Productions Inc., a multi-platform production company. Bell Media is part of BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada's largest communications company. For more on Bell Media, please visit www.bellmedia.ca.

About NABA:

NABA is a non-profit association of the most influential broadcasting organizations throughout North America committed to advancing the interests of broadcasters at home and internationally. Network broadcasters, both public and private, in the United States, Mexico, and Canada, work together to provide a common voice for the North American broadcast community. As a member of the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU), NABA creates the opportunity for North American broadcasters to share information, identify common interests, and reach consensus on issues of an international nature. NABA provides representation for North American broadcasters in global forums on topics including journalism issues, protection of content, spectrum related concerns, the territorial integrity of broadcasters’ signals, and digital transmission issues.

For further information about NABA, please visit www.nabanet.com

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Robert J. Ross, CBS' SVP, East Coast Operations, Appointed as NABA President


February 18, 2014 / TORONTO, Canada - The North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) is pleased to announce its new executive team. Robert J. Ross, CBS’ SVP of East Coast Operations has been appointed by the NABA Board of Directors as President. Mr. Ross takes over the role from Robert Briskman, Technical Executive for Sirius XM Radio who served as NABA President since 2012.

Mr. Ross comes to the NABA Presidency at a time of ongoing change for the broadcasting industry and with it an array of new challenges and opportunities regarding how broadcasting is distributed to a digital multi-platform world. As a longstanding member of the NABA Board of Directors and Executive, he has developed a great appreciation for the rapid pace of change and innovation at work in the NABA community.

"Bob has had a tremendous impact on our industry and is well known for making things work and getting the trains to run on time. When we call Bob a “Fixer” it is with great respect and considerable awe. Bob understands the industry issues and I look forward to his leadership along with his NABA Executive team over the next two years." -Michael McEwen, Director General NABA

Mr. Ross oversees all East Coast operations and engineering for the CBS Television Network and has worked for 37 years in all areas of broadcast engineering. He was elected into the 2009 class of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame and is the past chair of the Toolkit working group of the Media Security and Reliability Council (MSRC). He is also a Fellow of the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE), and a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers.

John Lee, Executive Director, Media Technology Services, CBC/Radio-Canada and Richard Friedel, EVP & GM, Fox Networks Engineering & Operations, Fox Entertainment Group were also named as Vice-Presidents.

The NABA Board of Directors appointed the new executive at their Annual General Meeting Event held on February 12, 2014 at HBO in New York City.

About NABA

NABA is a non-profit association of the most influential broadcasting organizations throughout North America committed to advancing the interests of broadcasters at home and internationally. Network broadcasters, both public and private, in the United States, Mexico and Canada, work together to provide a common voice for the North American broadcast community. As a member of the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU), NABA creates the opportunity for North American broadcasters to share information, identify common interests and reach consensus on issues of an international nature. NABA provides representation for North American broadcasters in global forums on topics including journalism issues, protection of content, spectrum related concerns, the territorial integrity of broadcasters’ signals, and digital transmission issues.

For further information about NABA, please visit www.nabanet.com

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Robert Briskman of Sirius XM Receives NABA’S 2014 International Achievement Award


February 18, 2014 / TORONTO, Canada - Robert Briskman, Technical Executive, Sirius XM has been honoured by the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) in recognition of his outstanding leadership in the broadcasting industry. The 2014 NABA International Achievement Award was presented in New York City during its Annual General Meeting Event in the company of his colleagues from across the North American broadcasting industry.

The International Achievement Award is presented annually and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in broadcasting and commitment to the organization’s goals and principles.

Mr. Briskman has been with Sirius since its founding in 1991 and now Sirius XM Radio. As the technical innovator of mobile satellite radio services, he is responsible for the original development, implementation, and operation of the Sirius broadcast distribution system. He was part of the early years of both COMSAT and the National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA). Mr. Briskman is also a Fellow of the IEEE and AIAA and has been inducted into four Halls of Fames, the last of which was by the Consumer Electronics Association in 2012. He has 32 successful satellite launches with no failures, the last of which was from Baikonur, Kazakhstan last October.

Mr. Briskman has been the representative of Sirius and now SiriusXM Radio to NABA for more than ten years, including a NABA Director for seven years and the Association’s President for the last two.

"Rob has had a remarkable career and his work in satellite communications has made for both great public and commercial successes that will continue to provide the basis for future systems and endeavours. He has had a huge impact on our industry. He has also led NABA through a major rethink and transition by understanding that supporting an Association, whose members are amongst the most competitive anywhere, that there can still be common cause on many mutually shared interests. This speaks directly to NABA’s core mandate and we thank him." –Michael McEwen, Director-General, NABA

About NABA

NABA is a non-profit association of the most influential broadcasting organizations throughout North America committed to advancing the interests of broadcasters at home and internationally. Network broadcasters, both public and private, in the United States, Mexico and Canada, work together to provide a common voice for the North American broadcast community. As a member of the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU), NABA creates the opportunity for North American broadcasters to share information, identify common interests and reach consensus on issues of an international nature. NABA provides representation for North American broadcasters in global forums on topics including journalism issues, protection of content, spectrum related concerns, the territorial integrity of broadcasters’ signals, and digital transmission issues.

For further information about NABA, please visit www.nabanet.com

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Micheal Starling, Formerly of NPR, Receives NABA’S 2014 International Achievement Award


February 18, 2014 / TORONTO, Canada - Michael Starling, recently retired Vice-President, Technology Research Center, NPR, has been honoured by the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) in recognition of his outstanding leadership in the broadcasting industry. The 2014 NABA International Achievement Award was presented in New York City during its Annual General Meeting Event in the company of his colleagues from across the North American broadcasting industry.

The International Achievement Award is presented annually and recognizes individuals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in broadcasting and commitment to the organization’s goals and principles.

At NPR, Mr. Starling was responsible for spearheading new public service technology initiatives on behalf of NPR and member stations. Thanks to his efforts, radio developments in the United States have increasingly focused on new public service outcomes. From multicasting on new HD Radio channels, to receiver certifications and accessible public radio services for the visually and hearing impaired, NPR Labs has been at the forefront of recent broadcast radio developments.

"Michael Starling brought superb leadership to public radio during his career, leadership which won him the respect of the industry both private and public. He is a great believer in NABA’s mission of finding solutions to industry issues through consensus of the members and he tangibly delivered our members harmonized positions internationally as Chair of our Technical Committee for eight years and a NABA Vice-President for the last six. He laid the ground work for NABA’s first Radio Standing Committee by keeping NABA current on radio and its digital evolution and transition. A great contribution to our industry." -Michael McEwen, Director General, NABA

Mr. Starling has also been teaching Media Law for several years at Towson University and plans to start a communications policy think tank on communications issues within the University of Maryland system. NABA wishes him continued best of luck with these endeavours.

About NABA

NABA is a non-profit association of the most influential broadcasting organizations throughout North America committed to advancing the interests of broadcasters at home and internationally. Network broadcasters, both public and private, in the United States, Mexico and Canada, work together to provide a common voice for the North American broadcast community. As a member of the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU), NABA creates the opportunity for North American broadcasters to share information, identify common interests and reach consensus on issues of an international nature. NABA provides representation for North American broadcasters in global forums on topics including journalism issues, protection of content, spectrum related concerns, the territorial integrity of broadcasters’ signals, and digital transmission issues.

For further information about NABA, please visit www.nabanet.com

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Harmonic Joins NABA as an Affiliate Member


January 22, 2014 / TORONTO, Canada - NABA is pleased to welcome Harmonic as a new Affiliate Member. Harmonic joins many other service providers and vendors who are involved in the business of broadcasting and have a direct interest in many of the items in the NABA Work Plan via NABA's Committees and Working Groups. Harmonic also looks forward to participation in the World Broadcasting Unions – International Satellite Operations Group (WBU-ISOG).

The NABA Board of Directors enthusiastically welcomes this membership.

“Suppliers of equipment and services to the broadcast industry are important for both the quality and efficiency of broadcast product delivery. By joining NABA, Harmonic is demonstrating the close relationship between a company supplying services and the broadcast clients they serve. We welcome them and their ideas to NABA discussions.”
-Michael McEwen, Director General, NABA

Again, a big welcome to Harmonic from the NABA family!

About Harmonic:

Harmonic (NASDAQ: HLIT) is the worldwide leader in video delivery infrastructure for emerging television and video services. The company's production-ready innovation enables content and service providers to efficiently create, prepare, and deliver differentiated services for television and new media video platforms.

More information is available at www.harmonicinc.com.

About NABA:

NABA is a non-profit association of the most influential broadcasting organizations throughout North America committed to advancing the interests of broadcasters at home and internationally. Network broadcasters, both public and private, in the United States, Mexico and Canada, work together to provide a common voice for the North American broadcast community. As a member of the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU), NABA creates the opportunity for North American broadcasters to share information, identify common interests and reach consensus on issues of an international nature. NABA provides representation for North American broadcasters in global forums on topics including journalism issues, protection of content, spectrum related concerns, the territorial integrity of broadcasters’ signals, and digital transmission issues.

For further information about NABA, please visit www.nabanet.com

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Level 3 Joins NABA as an Affiliate Member


January 15, 2014 / TORONTO, Canada - NABA is pleased to welcome Level 3 as a new Affiliate Member. Level 3 joins many other service providers and vendors who are involved in the business of broadcasting and have a direct interest in many of the items in the NABA Work Plan via NABA’s Committees and Working Groups. Level 3 also looks ahead to participation in the World Broadcasting Unions – International Satellite Operations Group.

The NABA Board of Directors enthusiastically welcomes this membership.

“Level 3 is a company which moves content around the world and this collection and distribution of services are the train tracks that broadcasters use to bring product to their markets. As a member of NABA, Level 3 will bring their expertise and experiences to our discussion about how to do these tasks more effectively and efficiently and we welcome them for their ideas and input.”
-Michael McEwen, Director General, NABA

Again, a big welcome to Level 3 from the NABA family!

About Level 3:

Level 3 was founded on the premise that cost-effective, scalable and reliable networks were the future for the telecommunications business. Once called “the best funded start-up in history,” we continually invested in infrastructure to become a world-class communications provider and have won the trust of the world's most sophisticated communications companies. It’s been an interesting history and is an ongoing story, one that we think you’ll want to know about in greater detail. For further information about Level 3, please visit: www.level3.com.

About NABA:

NABA is a non-profit association of the most influential broadcasting organizations throughout North America committed to advancing the interests of broadcasters at home and internationally. Network broadcasters, both public and private, in the United States, Mexico and Canada, work together to provide a common voice for the North American broadcast community. As a member of the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU), NABA creates the opportunity for North American broadcasters to share information, identify common interests and reach consensus on issues of an international nature. NABA provides representation for North American broadcasters in global forums on topics including journalism issues, protection of content, spectrum related concerns, the territorial integrity of broadcasters’ signals, and digital transmission issues.

For further information about NABA, please visit www.nabanet.com

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BBM Canada Joins NABA as an Affiliate Member


January 15, 2014 / TORONTO, Canada - NABA is pleased to welcome BBM Canada as a new Affiliate Member. BBM Canada joins many other service providers and vendors who are involved in the business of broadcasting and have a direct interest in many of the items in the NABA Work Plan via NABA’s Committees and Working Groups. BBM Canada looks with particular interest in playing a significant role in NABA’s new Standardized Mezzanine Distribution & Watermarking Initiative Sub-Committee.

The NABA Board of Directors enthusiastically welcomes this membership.

“As a ratings company, BBM Canada employs many of the same technologies that broadcasters use and are ever-seeking new ways to exploit and engage the digital world. NABA welcomes their expertise and participation on the current technology topics of the day.”
-Michael McEwen, Director General, NABA

Again, a big welcome to BBM Canada from the NABA family!

About BBM Canada:

BBM Canada, Sondages BBM in Québec, is a not for profit, member-owned tripartite industry organization, which has been operating since 1944.

We provide broadcast measurement and consumer behaviour data, as well as industry-leading intelligence to broadcasters, advertisers and agencies. Our sophisticated data tracking and measurement technologies and services gather relevant information on audience behaviours during and after broadcasts, giving our members business critical insights into the impacts of broadcast content and consumer behaviours. By providing important audience and consumer behaviour information and intelligence, we enable broadcasters and advertisers to deliver high quality and relevant programming that meets the clearly defined needs and wants of Canadians.

Our services include national and regional TV/Radio meter panels employing Portable People Meter (PPM) technology, diary surveys for our 100+ radio and television markets, and a variety of syndicated and custom research studies. For further information about BBM Canada, please visit: www.bbm.ca/en/home.

About NABA:

NABA is a non-profit association of the most influential broadcasting organizations throughout North America committed to advancing the interests of broadcasters at home and internationally. Network broadcasters, both public and private, in the United States, Mexico and Canada, work together to provide a common voice for the North American broadcast community. As a member of the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU), NABA creates the opportunity for North American broadcasters to share information, identify common interests and reach consensus on issues of an international nature. NABA provides representation for North American broadcasters in global forums on topics including journalism issues, protection of content, spectrum related concerns, the territorial integrity of broadcasters’ signals, and digital transmission issues.

For further information about NABA, please visit www.nabanet.com

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Ad-ID Joins NABA as an Affiliate Member


January 15, 2014 / TORONTO, Canada - NABA is pleased to welcome Ad-ID as a new Affiliate Member. Ad-ID joins many other service providers and vendors who are involved in the business of broadcasting and have a direct interest in many of the items in the NABA Work Plan via NABA’s Committees and Working Groups. Ad-ID looks with particular interest in playing a significant role in NABA’s new Standardized Mezzanine Distribution & Watermarking Initiative Sub-Committee.

The NABA Board of Directors enthusiastically welcomes this membership.

“The advertising industry is a key driver to a successful broadcast industry and we welcome AD-ID to our Association as we tackle the issues we mutually share.”
-Michael McEwen, Director General, NABA

Again, a big welcome to Ad-ID from the NABA family!

About Ad-ID:

Ad-ID is the US industry standard registration authority for identifying advertising assets across all media platforms, a limited liability company of the American Association of Advertising Agencies and the Association of National Advertisers. Ad-ID is now the sole standard commercial identifier for all commercials produced for television, radio and digital platforms featuring SAG-AFTRA union members. Ad-ID and its Chief Growth Officer Harold S. Geller also represent advertisers and agencies in conversations relating to standard distribution formats, metadata and media interoperability. For further information about Ad-ID, please visit: www.ad-id.org.

About NABA:

NABA is a non-profit association of the most influential broadcasting organizations throughout North America committed to advancing the interests of broadcasters at home and internationally. Network broadcasters, both public and private, in the United States, Mexico and Canada, work together to provide a common voice for the North American broadcast community. As a member of the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU), NABA creates the opportunity for North American broadcasters to share information, identify common interests and reach consensus on issues of an international nature. NABA provides representation for North American broadcasters in global forums on topics including journalism issues, protection of content, spectrum related concerns, the territorial integrity of broadcasters’ signals, and digital transmission issues.

For further information about NABA, please visit www.nabanet.com

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ITU Workshop Affirms NABA View that Broadcasting is Key Communications Medium in Emergencies


December 4, 2013 / TORONTO, Canada - NABA is pleased to announce that the ITU recently held a Workshop on Emergency Broadcasting in Geneva on November 21st where the importance of international cooperation to enhance the reach of broadcasting in emergency situations was highlighted and stressed. This initiative, largely due to the work of NABA and NABA-member CBS, is reflected in a NABA (April, 2013) contribution to Study Group 6 (SG-6) on The Importance of Radio and Television Broadcasting for Emergency Communications to the Public. This contribution was presented by Lynn Claudy of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) representing NABA. Mr. Claudy along with Gary Stanley (Babcock International, UK) were also both named co-Rapporteurs for this important work.

A new ITU Report on Emergency Broadcasting will be finalized by April, 2014 and made available online free of charge. A draft Report has been compiled by the co-Rapporteurs and is currently available at: www.itu.int/en/ITU-R/study-groups/rsg6/Pages/default.aspx. Also, a video is available on the ITU’s YouTube Channel that features SG-6 Chair, Christoph Dosch (IRT Germany) speaking on the vital importance of broadcasting in disasters (http://youtu.be/60l1GXZUddM). For more information, please view the dedicated webpage for the Workshop (www.itu.int/go/ITU-R/RWP6A- 2013) where the draft report can also be downloaded as well as the presentations and other information.

“Emergency broadcasting plays a critical role in the rapid dissemination of information to the public, and is a key element in helping save lives in the aftermath of natural disasters.”

-Hamadoun I. Touré, ITU Secretary General

NABA feels that evidence is overwhelming on the critical need for broadcasters to retain access to adequate RF spectrum and that terrestrial television and radio broadcasters provide the fastest and most effective provision of information to the public in critical situations. Broadcasting infrastructure provides reliable point-to-everywhere delivery of essential information and safety advice to the public, first responders, and others via widely available consumer receivers, both mobile and fixed. Terrestrial television and radio broadcast infrastructure is highly robust in the face of disasters that often damage facilities or cut power to the infrastructures of other communications technologies, including two-way voice and data services.

About NABA:

The North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) is an association of broadcasters in Canada, Mexico, and the United States. The NABA Technical Committee is its standing technical body. NABA is thus in a position to present the technical viewpoints of the most authoritative associations of professional North American Broadcasters in television and sound program production, postproduction, and distribution for terrestrial, satellite, and cable broadcasting.

NABA is a Sector Member of ITU-R and a long-time participant in ITU-R Study Groups, Working Parties, Task Groups, Rapporteur Groups, etc. NABA numbers among its members Chairmen, Vice- Chairmen, and members of the above groups. NABA also participates widely in the ITU work on radio, television, and multimedia services.

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NABA to Launch a Full Radio Committee


November 1, 2013 / TORONTO, Canada - NABA is pleased to announce the formation of a full Radio Committee as approved by its Board of Directors at their September 30th, 2013 meeting in Los Angeles, CA. The Radio Committee was proposed by NABA’s Director from NPR, Mike Starling, and will benefit both the many existing NABA members with radio operations and potential new members from both the operations and manufacturing sides of the business.

The NABA Radio Committee (NABA-RC) will begin meeting later this month to develop a formal mandate and an extensive work plan to support that mandate. The new committee will also meet for a first face-to-face around NABA’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) Event in mid- February, 2014 in New York, NY.

The NABA-RC will report directly to NABA’s Board and its mandate will include technical, operational, and best practices. It will recognize these in context with the developments for digital radio, hybrid radio (i.e., RadioDNS), radio in mobile devices, and two-way radios (whether via Wi-Fi or 4G/LTE). Workflow efficiencies, multi-platform delivery and audience analytics will also be a major focus of the NABA-RC.

Radio’s continuing importance in emergency situations will also be considered an open area for discussion as it is with the NABA-RC’s sister committee the Risk Awareness & Continuity Committee (NABA-RACC). The NABA-RC will explore some of the specific areas of radio expertise in emergency situations, best practices, special responsibilities, and then share that with the NABA-RACC and ultimately the NABA Board.

By forming this Committee now the NABA Board is providing for the radio community to have the occasion to reflect and share with one another issues that are focussed exclusively in the radio domain – common issues, operating challenges, and potential best practices and solutions. There are few, if any, organizations that offer such an opportunity for the sharing and expanding of collective interests with other North American radio broadcasters and equipment providers as NABA does.

About NABA:

NABA is a non-profit association of the most influential broadcasting organizations throughout North America committed to advancing the interests of broadcasters at home and internationally. Network broadcasters, both public and private, in the United States, Mexico and Canada, work together to provide a common voice for the North American broadcast community. As a member of the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU), NABA creates the opportunity for North American broadcasters to share information, identify common interests and reach consensus on issues of an international nature. NABA provides representation for North American broadcasters in global forums on topics including journalism issues, protection of content, spectrum related concerns, the territorial integrity of broadcasters’ signals, and digital transmission issues.

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