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The Wrap - 2/23/18: Tegna's new radio stations, ComScore's new footprint and more

Friday, February 23, 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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