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MSTV Hosts Annual Conference

The Association for Maximum Service Television (MSTV) will host its 22nd Annual Television Conference at the Four Seasons Hotel at 2800 Pennsylvania Avenue NW in Washington, D.C. With the completion of the DTV transition only five months away (as of today, Sept. 19), this should be a memorable event. The Conference gets under way with the "DTV Transition: The Final Stretch" session, with panelists from Harris, NCTA, NAB, Stainless LLC, DirecTV, Dish Network, CEA, NTIA, the FCC and other key players in the DTV transition. Margaret Tobey, NBC Universal vice president of regulatory affairs, and Dianne Smith, vice president for legal affairs for Fox Television Stations, will moderate a panel with legal advisors to FCC commissioners and Chairman Kevin Martin.

Afternoon events begin with the session "Mobile TV: The Future." It will feature panelists from ION Media Networks, Media General Broadcast Group, Cox Broadcasting and LG Electronics.

The day's last session is titled, "Interference in the Digital World." It is moderated by Susan Fox, vice president for government relations at Walt Disney Co. and Bill Lebeau, senior regulatory counsel for NBC Universal and Telemundo. Panelists include Robert Hubbard, president and CEO of Hubbard TV Group; Robert Seidel, vice president of engineering and advanced technology at the CBS Television Network; Jeff Willis, coordinating technical manager for event operations at ESPN Productions; and Bruce Franca, vice president of policy and technology at MSTV. The session will be followed by a wine and cheese reception.

Additional information is available on the MSTV conference Web site.

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Doug Lung is one of America's foremost authorities on broadcast RF technology. He has been with NBC since 1985 and is currently vice president of broadcast technology for NBC/Telemundo stations.