A report by R&R from The Conclave media event has it that NAB President/CEO David Rehr admitted that the NAB didn’t leap into the battle against Internet streaming royalties early or hard enough. The remarks were not in a prepared version of Rehr’s address there. He noted that the NAB is facing an unprecedented slate of legislative and regulatory issues this year.
RBR/TVBR observation: Although some may jump up and down and point to this offhand remark as some kind of admission of major malfeasance, we wouldn’t make too much of it ourselves. Washington can be a poker game, and nobody can play the cards exactly right every single time. If anything, it’s refreshing to hear someone inside the Beltway owning up to something less than perfection.