Longtime NAB Chief Fritts Resigns

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.

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