Newsers Gamble On the Future of The Biz

By Chris Ariens 

The nation’s news leaders (and the companies that would like to sell them the latest and greatest in technology) are gathering in Las Vegas today for the RTNDA (Radio & TV News Directors Association) conference. Once again, RTNDA has timed its annual gathering with the much larger, tech-centric National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). The NAB Show got underway Friday and includes more than 1,600 exhibitors showing off some of the products that could be coming to your desktop, soon. (We are particularly interested in checking out Livestation, whose senior strategist is former CNN exec Chris Cramer.)

Among the newsers taking part: Kyra Phillips of CNN moderates a panel later today on newsroom leadership; MSNBC’s Dan Abrams leads a panel discussion on Mobile TV initiatives (he’ll head back to Burbank for Monday’s Verdict); and later Monday, ABC’s Sam Donaldson is honored for his 50 years in the business. Also Monday, CBS’s Charles Osgood will be presented the Distinguished Service Award by the NAB. FBN’s Stuart Varney, NBC’s Kerry Sanders and CNN’s John King are on hand to either take part in or moderate panels.

The actor Tim Robbins gives the keynote Monday morning (I know, we said the same thing, Tim Robbins?). And Bob Barker comes on down for an induction into the NAB Hall of Fame.


TVNewser will be here to cover it all.