Gordon Smith delivers the goods at keynote

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Gordon SmithNAB CEO Gordon Smith delivered his annual State of the Industry address at the 2014 NAB Show. He didn’t beat around the bush when it came to what both Congress and the FCC are doing to local broadcasters of late. This, while cable and wireless companies have next to nothing to worry about when it comes to rules, regulations, public interest mandates of diversity and localism, covering political events and following  indecency standards. It’s just plain unfair and he pointed it out well. Smith also asked why the FCC has no National Broadcast Plan. While he stopped short of calling FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler out on his previous lobbying efforts as president of the National Cable Television Association (NCTA), and later as CEO of the Cellular Telecommunications & Internet Association (CTIA), he said a lot of what many attendees were thinking about–how the FCC is eviscerating local broadcast TV.

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Carl has been with RBR-TVBR since 1997 and is currently Managing Director/Senior Editor. Residing in Northern Virginia, he covers the business of broadcasting, advertising, programming, new media and engineering. He’s also done a great deal of interviews for the company and handles our ever-growing stable of bylined columnists.