CBS and Fox today rejoined the National Association of Broadcasters. Fox exited in 1999, CBS in 2001 over the issue of station ownership cap. Now all Big Four broadcast networks have returned to the lobbying organization, which is looking to pay a key role on such main issues for networks and stations as the future of the stations’ digital spectum and of compensation for retransmission consent. It also is a vote of confidence for recently appointed NAB president and CEO Gordon Smith. Here is the joined statement by Fox and CBS:

Today’s announcement includes the return of CBS’s 29 television stations and 130 radio stations into NAB membership, as well as the 27 owned-and-operated Fox Television Stations and the MyNetworkTV programming service Jack Abernethy, Chief Executive Officer of Fox Television Stations, commented: “The interests of our industry, our company and our viewers are best served by speaking with one voice on Capitol Hill, at the FCC and in the Courts.”

“As the media landscape evolves ever more rapidly, over-the-air broadcasting faces a number of clear opportunities and some significant challenges,” said Martin D. Franks, Executive Vice President for Planning, Policy and Government Affairs, CBS Corporation. “One of the very best ways to address these issues is through a resurgent NAB under Gordon Smith’s leadership.”

As part of today’s announcement, Franks and Abernethy will serve as CBS and FOX’s members of the NAB Board of Directors.