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NATPE Scheduling Conflict

12/15/2003 12:00:00 AM Eastern

Attendance of TV-group heads may be sparser at NATPE in Las Vegas Jan.18-20. Many are already committed to attend the NAB’s annual winter board meeting Jan. 17-21 in Key Biscayne, Fla.

"A significant number of group heads will not be at NATPE because we’ll be at the NAB," says Alan Frank, president of Post-Newsweek Stations and one of 21 members NAB TV Board. He says NAB alerted NATPE about the potential conflict last June. The response: "It’s not a big deal. Don’t worry about it."

But now, he says, NATPE is asking group heads, "Why aren’t you coming?" NATPE says it had originally scheduled its show a week earlier but had to move it because of room availability.

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