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NAB Prez Critical Of Satellite TV, Radio

By | April 20, 2004

      LAS VEGAS–National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) President and CEO Edward Fritts verbally bashed satellite TV and radio providers at the group’s annual conference here yesterday. On the television front, Fritts made it clear NAB will not be satisfied until satellite TV service providers carry every local satellite television channel in all 210 U.S. markets. With regard to satellite radio, Fritts criticized XM Satellite Radio [XMSR] and Sirius Satellite Radio [SIRI] for carrying local weather and traffic services in major U.S. markets in direct competition with terrestrial radio stations. “We believe this directly contradicts [FCC] rules under which satellite radio was licensed as a national service,” Fritts said.

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