Gordon Smith is an American politician, a former United States Senator, and businessman from the state of Oregon.
In January 2006, Gordon Smith began circulating the Digital Content Protection Act of 2006; legislation that would grant the Federal Communications Commission the authority to authorize a technology known as the broadcast flag. This technology would enable the producers of television programming to ensure the programs cannot be recorded by viewers in their homes, for instance using a digital video recorder or onto recordable DVDs.
On September 18, 2009, he was appointed president of the National Association of Broadcasters. Smith has led the association’s lobbying efforts on Capitol Hill and at the Federal Communications Commission regarding issues affecting the television and radio broadcast industry. These issues include voluntary incentive auctions of broadcast TV spectrum, efforts by record labels to institute a performance fee on local radio stations for music airplay, and retransmission consent rules. He was named Radio Ink’s Radio Executive Of The Year in 2018.1