About Us

Founded in 1972 and headquartered in Toronto, Canada, NABA is a non-profit association of broadcasting organizations in Canada, United States and Mexico committed to advancing the interests of broadcasters locally and internationally.

NABA provides a forum for North American broadcasters to:


Share Information and Best Practices


Discuss Common Challenges and Opportunities


Reach Consensus on Key Issues Impacting the Broadcast Industry


As a member of the World Broadcasting Unions (WBU), the coordinating body for broadcasting unions around the world, NABA is the voice of North American broadcasters in the international broadcasting community.

As the only North American broadcast association with official status as a non-governmental organization (NGO) at the International Telecommunication Union Radiocommunication Sector (ITU-R) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), NABA plays an important global, leadership role in representing the North American perspective in these high-profile international forums.


The North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) mission is to identify and take action on technical, operational and regulatory issues affecting North American broadcasters.

The Current Mandate (includes, but is not limited to):

  • Developing effective perspectives and proposals as television evolves to the next generation, including content creation, collection, and multi-platform distribution
  • Protection of the broadcast signal on any platform from piracy or interference
  • Providing a forum for education, discussion and advocacy regarding the evolution of program creation, distribution and delivery
  • To exchange best practices in non-competitive areas to improve efficiency and effectiveness


NABA was formed in 1972 to ensure that North American broadcasters have a forum where they can share common issues, best practices, discuss common challenges and opportunities, reach consensus on these subjects, and then pursue them at appropriate international forums, institutions and agencies.

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