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  • 23 Feb 2018 7:00 AM | Anonymous

    The ABA's mission is to serve, educate and advocate, and here's the part where we educate.

    Check out these articles on industry topics, curated by Art Brooks, to share and discuss in the newsroom and around the proverbial water cooler. And remember - we share stories all week long on our social media channels.

    Tegna Enters Radio Biz With Closing On San Diego Combo 

    The San Diego radio market, dominated by iHeartMedia and Entercom, has a new radio operator. TV giant Tegna has closed its $325 million purchase of Midwest Television’s radio-TV combo in radio market No. 17. The deal, which marks Tegna’s first foray into radio ownership, includes rock KFMB-FM (100.7), news/talk KFMB (760), “CBS 8” KFMB-TV and the digital subchannel KFMB-D2, which carries CW network programming.

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    Lawmakers worry about rise of fake video technology

    Lawmakers are concerned that advances in video manipulation technology could set off a new era of fake news. Now legislators say they want to start working on fixes to the problem before it’s too late.

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    As promised, Facebook traffic to news publishers declines again, post news-feed change

    Chartbeat data showed Facebook traffic to publishers declined 6 percent since the beginning of January, said Josh Schwartz, chief of product, engineering and data at Chartbeat. Facebook had already been sending less traffic to publishers, with referrals down 15 percent in 2017, according to Chartbeat, which measures traffic to around 50,000 publishers globally, with a skew towards news publishers.

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    ComScore Grows TV Measurement Footprint

    ComScore said Tuesday that it has grown its passive television measurement footprint by more than 40% to include over 69 million televisions in more than 31 million U.S. homes. With the expanded footprint, comScore is now measuring one in every two TV households in 52 of the 210 local U.S. television markets including Los Angeles (No. 2) and Dallas-Fort Worth (No. 5), and nearly one in every four TV homes nationally.

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    America’s waning commitment to the promise of the First Amendment

    The creation of the First Amendment by our nation’s founders demonstrated a profound commitment to human dignity, reason and the search for truth. First Amendment protections for speech, press and religion affirmed the principle that free expression is part of basic humanity.

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  • 16 Feb 2018 11:58 AM | Anonymous


    F.C.C. Watchdog Looks Into Changes That Benefited Sinclair

    Last April, the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, led the charge for his agency to approve rules allowing television broadcasters to greatly increase the number of stations they own. A few weeks later, Sinclair Broadcasting announced a blockbuster $3.9 billion deal to buy Tribune Media — a deal those new rules made possible.

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    Rep. Gene Green Honored By NAB

    Congressman Gene Green (D-TX) will be the inaugural recipient of the NAB Broadcast Champion Award. The award recognizes a member of Congress who demonstrates exemplary leadership and commitment to strengthening the future of radio and television, recognizing broadcasters’ vital role in our local communities.

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    House E&C Okays Repack Buck Boost

    The House Energy & Commerce Committee has unanimously agreed to allocate more money for TV stations for the post-incentive auction repack, as well as provide money to radio stations affected by the repack, and provide money for low-power TV stations and translators displaced by the repack.

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    While You Weren’t Watching, Christian Radio Grew Into A Goliath

    While traditional radio companies continually evaluate ways to increase ad revenue and integrate new strategies to hold onto audience amid a consistent stream of new audio competition, there is one player in the radio arena whose approach is, one might say, more inspired by faith. Christian broadcasters have quietly amassed thriving broadcast platforms whose audience and revenue readily compete with the likes of iHeartMedia or Entercom.

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  • 8 Feb 2018 2:24 PM | Anonymous


    Knight Foundation Awards Cronkite School $1.9M Grant to Innovate Local TV News

    The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation today announced a $1.9 million grant to Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication to advance digital and broadcast innovation in local television news.

    Last Push For Radio To Move To Online Public Files

    The countdown is on for all full-power radio stations to move their public inspection files online. The Federal Communications Commission has ordered all stations to shift to an online file on the FCC’s searchable portal website by March 1. It’s the last wave of stations to make the switch. Television stations began posting their public files online in 2012 and radio stations in the top 50 markets followed in 2016.

    ESPN Plus Service Will Cost $4.99 Per Month

    Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger said the highly anticipated direct-to-consumer streaming product ESPN Plus will launch in the spring and will cost $4.99 a month. Speaking on Disney’s earnings call Tuesday, Iger said ESPN Plus will be available via a new, reconceived ESPN app.

    FCC Will Consider Creating a New FM Class

    The FCC Media Bureau is circulating a notice of proposed rulemaking on whether to create a new class of FM radio stations in the United States. Chairman Ajit Pai made the announcement at MMTC’s annual Broadband and Social Justice Summit.

    Entercom Promotes From Within For Top AZ Sales Role

    If you don’t believe in nurturing and developing talent that have the potential for a lengthy tenure at your broadcast media company, than you perhaps aren’t familiar with Entercom‘s Phoenix cluster. Its new Director of Sales started at the station group under previous owner CBS Radio in 1998 as a part-time promotions assistant.




  • 2 Feb 2018 7:30 AM | Anonymous


    Senate Moves Forward on Music Modernization Act - Billboard

    A bipartisan group of Senators introduced the sweeping bill, which contains comprehensive music licensing reforms. The Music Modernization Act today was introduced in the Senate, co-sponsored by Senators from both parties. The bill mirrors the proposed legislation already entered into the House of Representatives in that it calls for a blanket mechanical license to be administered by a new yet-to-be-created agency, which is intended to benefit both music publishers and songwriters as well as digital services.

    Hawaii False Alarm Highlights Broadcasters’ Role During Emergencies - Morning Consult

    The false ballistic missile warning on Jan. 13 in Hawaii has raised important questions about America’s emergency alerting apparatus and the best practices for keeping citizens informed during times of crisis. Currently, Hawaiian public safety officials, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Federal Communications Commission and Congress are reviewing what went wrong and how to prevent mistakes in the future.

    10 Things You Need To Know From CES 2018 - Inside Radio

    For a tenth year, Jacobs Media trekked to Las Vegas to troll the mammoth CES convention, prowling for the newest innovations and tech trends that will impact the radio business. In a partnership with Inside Radio, Jacobs Media president Fred Jacobs outlined 10 timely takeaways for radio during a webinar last week. Following are Jacobs’ 10 Things We Learned At CES (That Impact Radio)

    What do Facebook changes mean for local newsrooms? - RTDNA

    In December 2017, Facebook started out the latest round of algorithm updates by announcing plans to demote “engagement bait” and pages that regularly use posts with calls to like, comment or share simply for the sake of generating higher engagement numbers. This means posts with little added value for audiences, such as “Like if you’re glad it’s Friday,” won’t get as much reach. That doesn’t mean pages can no longer encourage conversation.

    O'Rielly Takes Aim at Kid Vid Mandates - Broadcasting and Cable

    FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly hopes and prays that the FCC will reconsider its "Kid Vid" rules, but today they are still just as much in place as ever. In a new blog post, O'Rielly is proposing the FCC rethink what he calls its "ineffective and burdensome requirements currently imposed on our nation’s broadcasters to air a certain amount of educational and informational children’s programming on a weekly basis." That is the requirement that TV stations air at least three hours per week of core educational/informational children's TV programming in at least 30-minute blocks.

  • 26 Jan 2018 8:00 AM | Anonymous

    The ABA's mission is to serve, educate and advocate, and here's the part where we educate.

    Check out these articles on industry topics, curated by Art Brooks, to share and discuss in the newsroom and around the proverbial water cooler. And remember - we share stories all week long on our social media channels.

    Scripps Plans Layoffs, Sale Of Radio Stations

    The E.W. Scripps Co. today announced comprehensive restructuring and cost reductions expected to yield more than $30 million in annual cost savings. The goal, it says, “is creating a stronger, more streamlined and higher-performing company.”

    Radio’s New Guy At The NAB

    As the NAB reviews its organizational structure, a familiar face at the NAB will be representing radio. Commonwealth Broadcasting CEO Steve Newberry will have oversight of the Radio Department.

    This Year’s Grammy Pre-Game Focuses On Music Copyrights

    The music industry is descending on New York this week in the walk up to the 60th annual Grammy Awards ceremony slated for next Sunday. It won’t be all deal-making and parties either. A focus on music copyright policy—including a radio performance fee—will take center stage on Friday when members of Congress come to town.

    Rupert Murdoch says Facebook needs to pay publishers

    Rupert Murdoch has an idea for fixing Facebook’s relationship with publishers: The social giant should just pay them. Murdoch issued a statement Monday saying he thought Facebook and Google’s efforts to work with publishers that post on its platform has been “inadequate commercially, socially and journalistically.”

    AZ State University Touts Online Degrees On Radio

    New year, new career? That’s the hope of Arizona State University, which appears in the top 10 national advertisers at radio for the first time, at No. 9, for the week of Jan. 15-21. ASU offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its online platform, with more than 25,000 students enrolled through ASU Online.


  • 19 Jan 2018 7:00 AM | Anonymous


    The ABA’s mission is to serve, educate and advocate, and here’s the part where we educate. Check out these articles on broadcast industry topics, curated by Art Brooks, to share and discuss in the newsroom and around the proverbial water cooler. And remember – we share stories all week long on our social media channels.

    In The Works: A Next-Gen Ad Management Software Platform – Radio + Television Business Report

    The development of a new, next-generation advertising management software platform designed to provide broadcasters with the ability to effectively exploit the potential of the new monetization opportunities of ATSC 3.0 digital television technology is underway. The companies intent on bringing the SaaS platform to fruition are Sinclair Broadcast Group and Imagine Communications.

    Trump Renews Pledge to ‘Take a Strong Look’ at Libel Laws – New York Times

    President Trump on Wednesday repeated a pledge to make it easier for people to sue news organizations and publishers for defamation, denouncing the country’s libel laws as a “sham” a day after his personal lawyer filed a lawsuit against a major media outlet, BuzzFeed News.

    Pandora and Spotify: Shouldn’t Ads be Heard? – Westwood One

    How many Pandora, Spotify, and AM/FM radio listeners hear ads? This was the simple question researcher Vision Critical/MARU posed to 2,617 consumers. The results: Only 54% of Pandora and Spotify listeners actually pay attention to the ads. Disappointing for Spotify and Pandora advertisers hoping to reach engaged customers.

    Roku Is Introducing an OTT Advertising Measurement Service – Adweek

    As TV viewing habits continue to change significantly, marketers are searching for other ways to engage with these fragmented audiences. For instance, more and more marketers are shifting a large chunk of their advertising budget to over-the-top, or OTT, services which draw a growing number of viewers away from traditional TV, particularly those from the younger demos advertisers covet.

    Congress Wants In On Fake EAS Investigation – Inside Radio

    In the wake of Saturday’s false ballistic missile alarm, Reps. Colleen Hanabusa (D-HI) and Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) have requested the House Armed Services Committee launch its own congressional investigation. “Without prejudging the outcome of any investigation, the question is to what extent the Department of Defense should have greater control or oversight over military and/or national security emergency alerts issued by state emergency management agencies,” Hanabusa said.


  • 12 Jan 2018 10:20 AM | Anonymous


    The ABA’s mission is to serve, educate and advocate, and here’s the part where we educate. Check out these articles on broadcast industry topics, curated by Art Brooks, to share and discuss in the newsroom and around the proverbial water cooler. And remember – we share stories all week long on our social media channels.

    Chicago Stations Again Rally To Tout Power Of Radio – Inside Radio

    Chicago Radio has done it again – all Radio stations in that large market on Tuesday this week did a same day, same time broadcast airing a local testimonial for demonstrating the strength and power of Radio advertising.  As Chicago Radio goes, so does Tucson Radio. For the first time Radio stations in the Tucson market are demonstrating a similar airing of local businesses that have agreed to share there positive results from local Radio. Tucson’s model is not so much same day & time as it is ROS on all Radio stations with three different testimonials.

    Editor’s Corner—600 MHz incentive auction ‘extravaganza’ ends with a whimper – Fierce Wireless

    Remember when former FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler promised a “spectrum extravaganza” with the agency’s incentive auction of TV broadcasters’ unwanted 600 MHz spectrum licenses? Well it turns out that T-Mobile is now the only major nationwide wireless carrier that’s actually using those licenses.

    Must Haves In 2018: Podcasting, Voice-Activated Listening – Inside Radio

    Talk about a natural extension. Listeners already have a relationship with favorite on-air personalities. So the idea of furthering the conversation and deepening the connection via podcasting is a natural for traditional broadcasters. The industry’s dedication to the craft is quickly extending beyond trend in 2017 to must-have in 2018.

    After Hurricane Harvey and the California wildfires, the FCC is aiming to upgrade the country’s wireless alert system – Recode

    After a season of deadly hurricanes and devastating wildfires, the U.S. government is angling to prod AT&T, Verizon and other tech and telecom giants to do a better job of helping first responders deliver disaster alerts to Americans’ smartphones.

    Music Industry Unites, Aiming To Jumpstart Congress – Inside Radio

    The time for action on music licensing reform legislation—including a performance royalty on radio airplay—has come, according to the music industry. By coming together and presenting a united front, a group of nearly two dozen music organizations aim to jumpstart review of several pieces of legislation pending in Congress. The groups represent publishers, record labels, songwriters, composers, artists and performance rights organizations.



  • 5 Jan 2018 11:20 PM | Anonymous


    The ABA’s mission is to serve, educate and advocate, and here’s the part where we educate. Check out these articles on broadcast industry topics, curated by Art Brooks, to share and discuss in the newsroom and around the proverbial water cooler. And remember – we share stories all week long on our social media channels.

    With New Year Here, Skyview Networks Takes Over Distribution Of CBS News Radio – All Access

    The move of CBS News Radio to distribution via Skyview Networks took place at the stroke of midnight New Year’s Eve. CBS and Skyview announced the new arrangement, which moves the network and its over 450 affiliates from Westwood One distribution, in August. Skeyview is now handling distribution, inventory management and ad sales services for CBS News Radio.

    Comment Dates Set on Unresolved Issues for Next Generation TV ATSC 3.0 Transition – Broadcast Law Blog

    When the FCC adopted its Report and Order authorizing the “next generation TV” standard ATSC 3.0, it did not resolve all issues, instead leaving a few for further public comment. Notice of the issues raised in the Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking was published in the Federal Register just before Christmas, setting February 20 as the deadline for initial comments on the outstanding issues, and March 20 as the deadline for reply comments. What issues are left to be resolved?

    2018 could be the year Facebook banishes news from its feed – Digiday

    Publishers have a lot to gripe about when it comes to Facebook, from the platform choking off their referral traffic, dominating digital advertising and giving them whiplash with its constantly changing video strategy. But what if it got even worse?

    Upcoming FCC Deadlines and Rule Changes – ABA

    The New Year is off to a busy start for broadcasters. In 2017, the FCC adopted a number of changes to its rules, with effective dates and deadlines set for early 2018. The following is a memo from Dawn M. Sciarrino, the ABA’s legal counsel on those important dates.



  • 29 Dec 2017 11:36 PM | Anonymous


    The ABA’s mission is to serve, educate and advocate, and here’s the part where we educate. Check out these articles on broadcast industry topics, curated by Art Brooks, to share and discuss in the newsroom and around the proverbial water cooler. And remember – we share stories all week long on our social media channels.


    Pai, Rosenworcel To Head Into The ‘Eye Of The Storm’ – Radio + Television Business Report

    No, it’s not a Net Neutrality UFC match at Capital One Arena. Rather, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel will be the center of attention at a Jan. 18 event at NAB headquarters in Washington, D.C. focused on the important role of broadcasters in emergencies.

    Congress Steps Into How Radio’s ASCAP & BMI Rates Are Set – Inside Radio

    Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) used the House’s final scheduled day in session this year to introduce a bill that he says would simplify streaming music licensing while at the same time boost the amount of royalties that would be paid to songwriters and composers. But for over-the-air broadcasters his proposal could alter how songwriter royalties are set—and ultimately cost stations more.

    2018 Broadcasters’ Calendar – Pillsbury Law

    From Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, Here’s a look at the dates of note in the upcoming year.

    Charles Osgood Signs Off Of ‘Osgood File’ – Inside Radio

    Just weeks after extending his deal with Westwood One, Charles Osgood has announced that he will be ending “The Osgood File” at the end of the year. Osgood, who has been hosting his daily commentary since 1967, cited health considerations as the reason he is stepping away.



  • 22 Dec 2017 11:41 PM | Anonymous


    The ABA’s mission is to serve, educate and advocate, and here’s the part where we educate. Check out these articles on broadcast industry topics, curated by Art Brooks, to share and discuss in the newsroom and around the proverbial water cooler. And remember – we share stories all week long on our social media channels.

    Court of Appeals Sides With Songwriters, Publishers on Fractionalized Licensing – Billboard

    As the music industry heads into the holiday season, the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals just gave songwriters and music publishers a gift with its decision that the consent decree allows fractionalized licensing. The U.S. Dept. of Justice had said that the industry had been misinterpreting the consent decree by doing fractionalized licensing and instead insisted that the agreement called for full-works licensing, which means that a music user only needed a license from one of the songwriters.

    FCC’s Multilingual EAS Decision Faces New Legal Challenge – Inside Radio

    The Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC) is asking the full D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals to review an October ruling that upheld a decision by the Federal Communications Commission not to require that stations transmit multilingual Emergency Alert System messages. MMTC argues a three-judge panel “issued an erroneous decision” when it concluded the FCC was within its authority by opting to “ignore common-sense proposals aimed at saving lives,” calling it “a case of exceptional importance raising significant public safety issues.”

    Tegna Buying KFMB TV and Radio Stations – Broadcasting and Cable

    Tegna has agreed to pay $325 million for Midwest Television’s KFMB-TV suite of TV and radio stations, with Tegna President Dave Lougee saying the company has a track record as a “strategic consoldator.” Tegna will get CBS affiliate KFMB-TV, digital multicast channel KFMB-D2 (CW), as well as radio stations KFMB-AM-FM.

    Hulu Live nears 500 locals with latest Big Four additions – Fierce Cable

    Hulu has announced the addition of 61 second-city and small-town local network affiliates to its virtual MVPD service. With the addition, Hulu Live now has access to 492 broadcast network owned and operated and affiliate stations across its national footprint. According to a tabulation from blog streambuzz.net, the next closest competitor is YouTube TV, which announced affiliate additions last week and is now up to 302 locals.

    Merry Christmas from the ABA!

    We hope you all have a blessed and joyful holiday with your loved ones this weekend! During this time of giving, we ask that you consider a donation to the Broadcasters Foundation of America. All year long, they help broadcasters who have fallen on hard times and this year they gave out more than $1 million in aid to broadcasters.



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