Local TV Stations: Bastions of Investigative Journalism

In her New York Times column, “The Search for Local Investigative Reporting’s Future” (Dec. 5), Margaret Sullivan bemoans the uncertainty surrounding newspapers’ future investment in enterprise reporting that roots out corruption and exposes illicit behavior in local communities. What Ms. Sullivan should not forget is that local television broadcasters are picking up the mantle of … Continue reading Local TV Stations: Bastions of Investigative Journalism

Broadcasters Show Their Commitment to Public Safety

Much attention has been paid to KSFY (Sioux Falls, S.D.) anchor Nancy Naeve’s recent on-air rebuke of viewers who complained about the station breaking into regular programming to report on a tornado in the area on May 11. It has been heartening to see that a vast majority of those weighing in on the subject … Continue reading Broadcasters Show Their Commitment to Public Safety

Radio-enabled cellphones: A voluntary approach to public safety

Once again, some of our friends in Washington are misrepresenting NAB’s position regarding equipping and enabling FM chips in cellphones. To be clear, NAB supports the VOLUNTARY adoption of radio receivers in mobile devices. Doing so would allow wireless subscribers to access emergency information during a crisis, and on a device many always keep at … Continue reading Radio-enabled cellphones: A voluntary approach to public safety

Vast? Yes. Wasteland? Not a chance.

Fifty years ago this week, former FCC Chairman Newton Minow addressed broadcasters at the NAB Show and declared that television was a vast wasteland failing to serve the public interest. While the merits of his argument were debatable then, those that would make a similar case about the current state of broadcast television would be embarking … Continue reading Vast? Yes. Wasteland? Not a chance.