Is Broadcast TV Done With NATPE?


MIAMI BEACH, FLA. — As is the case with many a conference attended by media and entertainment industry executives, the hotel lobby of the host hotel and satellite locales is largely empty before 9am, thanks to a night of hearty partying.

At NATPE 2019 that was no different. There are plenty of people attending sessions, roaming the halls, and attending parties, including big soirees presented by A+E Networks, Viacom, Telemundo and Univision, which sponsored NATPE’s poolside celebration despite stiff winds coming from the Atlantic, to the east.

Stiff winds are also blowing toward broadcast TV. Should the industry’s leaders even attend NATPE anymore? Fred Kalil, the veteran media broker, is one of several individuals RBR+TVBR spoke with that question whether it’s still worth it.

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