Fritts to Sachs: Why Can't We Be Friends?

NAB President and CEO Eddie Fritts appears to be getting a little sentimental about the impending departure of Robert Sachs as the head of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association. Either that, or he's appearing to appear sentimental, having copied the local press pool on an olive-branch missive to Sachs on Tuesday:

"Dear Robert,
At last week's Congressional "Roundtable" for stakeholders in the transition of digital television, Rep. Billy Tauzin (R-La.) suggested that transitional DTV broadcast carriage issues would better be resolved by the affected parties than by government.

"Following up on Rep. Tauzin's suggestion, I would like to propose a meeting as early as possible between key broadcast and cable industry leaders. Our goal should be simple: to set aside past policy differences, while doing what's best for the viewing public.

I want to emphasize the broadcast industry goal of completing this transition as quickly as possible and returning analog spectrum. We believe that transitional carriage of all broadcast stations on cable can expedite the transition.

I look forward to hearing from you at your earliest convenience.

Kindest regards,


At press time, Sachs had not copied the local press pool with his response.