Senator Smith talks media to media.

nab2016-smith-cropThe NAB President/CEO spoke to a Media Institute Communications Forum luncheon in Washington last week, offering comments on a variety of broadcast concerns. He railed against the “fake news” trend in social media, saying that broadcasters present “just the facts,” calling local electronic media the “go-to lifeline in times of crisis.” Smith supported his remarks with a Pew/Knight Foundation finding that local broadcasting is a more trusted news source than social media, by seven to one. The NAB Chief also praised the wireless carriers that have unlocked FM chips in Android smartphones, and called newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership prohibitions “a regulatory holdover from 1975. . .no longer necessary.”