The National Association of Black Owned Broadcasters 32nd Annual Fall Broadcast Management Conference is less than two weeks away, and it has an outline of its top Washington issues posted in its latest newsletter. Leading the list is the organization’s concern about possible minority undercounting taking place in Arbitron’s new PPM system – NABOB is joining Hispanic broadcasters in pressing the issue. It is also encouraging Charles Rangel (D-NY) to use his House Ways and Means Committee for a hearing on minority tax certificates; it is opposing the possible imposition of broadcast performance royalties; it is asking the FCC to move with care and moderation as it looks into localism issues; and it praised the FCC’s efforts to end no urban dictates.
RBR/TVBR observation: We find it interesting and refreshing that many of the concerns of the generalist NAB are shared by the more focused NABOB. It’s good to know that broadcasting business issues are simply that: business issues. Finding more room on the dial for minority owners remains a difficult and vexing problem, but once there, no matter who you are, you still have to put on a show and sell some spots.