Fisher seen as next NAB vice chairman

Cox Broadcasting president Andy Fisher is expected to be named vice chairman
of the National Association of Broadcasters' TV board this week, even though the
second of his two two-year board terms has expired.

Not to worry: Fisher will be taking a designated board seat allocated to the
TV Operators Caucus, which is made up of leaders of most of the large TV groups
(Cox was No. 13 on Broadcasting & Cable's latest top-25 list).
Because that seat is appointed, Fisher can stay on the board as long as the TOC
wants him there.

Fisher has led the fight to preserve the 35 percent national-audience cap on
TV ownership -- a battle that drove Viacom Inc., Fox and NBC from the NAB

Fisher, along with Post-Newsweek Stations Inc.'s Alan Frank, also led an
affiliate effort to get the Federal Communications Commission to crack down on
what they alleged were network abuses of affiliates.

Paige Albiniak

Contributing editor Paige Albiniak has been covering the business of television for nearly 25 years. She is a longtime contributor to Next TV, Broadcasting + Cable and Multichannel News. She concurrently serves as editorial director for entertainment marketing association Promax. She has written for such publications as TVNewsCheck, The New York Post, Variety, CBS Watch and more. Albiniak was B+C’s Los Angeles bureau chief from September 2002 to 2004, and an associate editor covering Congress and lobbying for the magazine in Washington, D.C., from January 1997-September 2002.