CBS Television and Infinity Broadcasting today announce our resignation from the National Association of Broadcasters.
We have been proud NAB members for many years, but it has recently become clear that we have a fundamental issue on which we and certain of the NAB’s television members disagree. Until recently, we felt it was possible to remain members of the association with this disagreement unresolved. Due to actions taken by the NAB today, that is no longer the case.
For some time we have called for the elimination of the national broadcast ownership cap as well as other outmoded regulatory constraints on broadcasters. We are optimistic that through either the courts or the FCC, that reasonable goal may soon be achieved. CBS and Infinity will continue to work with others in the industry to make sure free over-the-air television and radio stand on an even footing with their competitors both for the good of the business and for the public we serve. It has now become clear that we cannot remain within an organization that is actively working against those objectives.