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The Wrap - Nov. 9 - Election implications for broadcasters and FCC

Friday, November 09, 2018 9:37 AM | Anonymous


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

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What do Tuesday’s election results mean for broadcasters?

At a high level, the National Association of Broadcasters looks at divided government in DC as more favorable to their two most significant broadcast legislative priorities for next Congress – STELAR (distant broadcast TV network access from satellite providers) and the radio performance tax, although the sheer number of House retirements and Democratic flips did result in a loss of 50 House Local Radio Freedom Act cosponsors that will need to be rebuilt.

Significant losses/additions: The retirement of Sen. Orrin Hatch is a significant one, but his replacement, Mitt Romney (R-UT), is no stranger to NAB leadership. Election Day brought about one additional noteworthy loss for broadcasters on the Senate side, most notably Democrat Heidi Heitkamp who was the lead Democratic sponsor of the Local Radio Freedom Act. Among others, new to the Senate ranks will be Republicans Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) and Kevin Cramer (R-ND), both of whom have engaged significantly on broadcast issues during their tenures in the House, often on the other side of NAB.


FCC agenda to change with Democratic House control?  

 Democratic control of the US House may mean that the Federal Communications Commission feels pressure to change its agenda on issues important to broadcasters.  Part 1 |Part 2: FCC "unknown" for radio's deal-makers


ATSC 3.0 one year in: Are broadcasters ready?

A year after the FCC gave U.S. broadcasters the green light to deploy ATSC 3.0, stations are ramping up their efforts to make the Next Gen TV standard a reality by 2020. Read more


Cadent launches national addressable TV ad platform

Cadent is launching a new self-serve version of its platform that will make it easier for media buyers and marketers to mount large scale, national addressable advertising campaigns. Read more


Dish satellite subscriber losses mount in Q3

The shift to OTT continues. All together, Dish lost 341,000 net new customers in Q3, while Sling TV gained 26,000 subscribers.  Read more


Field: ‘A radio renaissance is a real possibility’

Entercom CEO David Field spoke about the renewed interest in the medium during the company’s third quarter results call Tuesday. Field told investors he’s “very encouraged by the nature of the conversations we are having with some of the country's largest advertisers.” Read more


Subscriptions are now 30% of Pandora’s revenue

Pandora beat the street with $417.6 million in total revenue in the third quarterThe total, which includes advertising and subscription revenue, is up 16% from the same quarter one year ago. But even as it grew ad revenue and subscription dollars, Pandora continued to shed listeners. Read more


How big will the final political ad tally be?

Experts say the question now isn’t whether political ad dollars will be big this year, but rather just how enormous the tally will be when the dust settles.  Read more



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