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.