While the NAB Radio Board meets behind closed doors in Washington, DC, broadcasters across the country are waiting to hear what comes out of the Friday discussion on the Performance Rights Act. Has NAB found enough common ground with the record labels to be able to move forward on negotiating a deal?
Many of the board members in that room went in very skeptical. Even if they are convinced, the NAB is still going to have a big task trying to sell the idea to local station owners. It would, after all, be a reversal of the association’s long-held stance of not budging an inch on the station-label relationship that has been set in law for longer than most broadcasters have been alive.