Network Affiliates Back NAB ‘Quiet Period’ Resolution

Aug 13, 2008  •  Post A Comment

The boards of the ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC affiliate organizations have added their endorsements to the resolution by the National Association of Broadcasters’ Television Board calling for a quiet period on retransmission negotiations-related signal disruptions on cable and satellite platforms. NAB would like the quiet period to last for two weeks before and two weeks after the federally mandated switch to digital signals on Feb. 17, when analog signals cease.
The National Cable &Telecommunications Associations and the American Cable Association want longer quiet periods because thousands of retrans deals expire at the end of this year.
“We are delighted that all of the affiliate boards have agreed to support the NAB Television Board initiative,” K. James Yager, NAB TV board chairman and CEO of Barrington Broadcasting, said in Wednesday’s announcement. “This pledge—coupled with our unprecedented campaign to educate America on the DTV transition—will minimize consumer confusion and help local broadcasters and government achieve our joint objective of a seamless transition to the next generation of television.”


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