The most visible face of the TV and radio business inside the National Capitol Beltway is calling it quits, as Edward O. Fritts announced his retirement Feb. 16 as president/CEO of the National Assn.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (The Hollywood Reporter) -- The most visible face of the TV and radio business inside the National Capitol Beltway is calling it quits, as Edward O. Fritts announced his retirement Feb. 16 as president/CEO of the National Assn. of Broadcasters, the broadcast industry's primary trade association.

Fritts, 64, notified the NAB board of directors that it should begin the process of finding a successor, saying it would take some time to find a replacement for the high-profile job. His contract runs through April 2006.

Fritts owned a broadcast company based in Mississippi before being elected NAB president and CEO in 1982. He is an "Ole Miss" Alumni Hall of Fame inductee, an inductee to the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame and was the "2000 Golden Mike Award" honoree by the Broadcasters' Foundation.