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  • Thursday, August 23, 2018 12:48 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 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 Sees ATSC 3.0 Benefits Firsthand In Phoenix 

    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai described the ongoing trial of ATSC 3.0 as “really exciting” Aug. 19 after a visit to the Univision station in town for a demo of Next-Gen TV. In a video tweeted by Pai, the chairman said Next-Gen TV marries “the best of broadcasting –that one-to-many architecture we’ve known and enjoyed for many years with the Internet.”

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    Hawaiian Hurricane Postpones FCC’s Planned DIRS Test

    Hurricane Lane, the category five storm bearing down on Hawaii, has led the Federal Communications Commission to scrap a planned dry run of the agency’s Disaster Information Reporting System or “DIRS” until next month. The test scheduled for Thursday and Friday will instead be conducted on Sept. 13. "Due to the possible activation of DIRS for Hurricane Lane in Hawaii, we will be postponing the DIRS exercise,” the FCC announced in an email to broadcasters on Wednesday.

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    What Does the Pre-1972 Ruling Mean to You?

    It’s been two years since a District Court Judge dismissed a lawsuit against a broadcaster for playing pre-1972 sound recordings. It was ruled that the broadcaster was playing digitized versions of the songs that were created after 1972. This week, the United States Court of Appeals for the ninth Circuit didn’t buy that argument, reversed that decision, and sent the case back for additional hearings. 

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    USTN’s Radio Exit Has Broadcasters Scrambling

    “Normalized for USTN” has become a new qualifier for radio companies reporting their quarterly results. Both Entercom and Cumulus Media reported Q2 revenues two ways–with the revenue hit they took from USTN included in their numbers, and factoring it out to “normalize” their results.

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  • Thursday, August 16, 2018 2:06 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 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.

    Enforcement Bureau OK With Ending Sinclair-Tribune Hearing 

    The FCC's Enforcement Bureau says it has no issue with the FCC's administrative law judge (ALJ) terminating a hearing into Sinclair's representations about the now-imploded Tribune deal, though that apparently has not happened yet.

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    The Future of Television is...More Television

    it’s easy to extrapolate to a time where old-fashioned television is dead, killed off by a slew of younger, nimbler disruptors. The reality, however, is that TV’s business model is secure, its revenues are gargantuan, and the barriers to enter its industry have never been higher.

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    Attracting A Younger Workforce

    There are a few broadcasters who have done an outstanding job of reaching out to the younger generations. Overall, most of us really need to embrace big changes in how to “attract, hire, and retain” all ages, and not just the younger groups.

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    FCC Input Could Aid DOJ Appeal of AT&T-TW Court Call

    The FCC has filed a document with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia that could help the Trump Administration's challenge of a D.C. district judge's decision to allow the merger of AT&T-Time Warner, which closed back in June.

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    Coast to coast, and in between, local news is standing up to Trump's press attacks

    About 350 newspapers all have one thing in common on Thursday: A statement supporting the free press and decrying President Trump's attacks against the media. From The Martha's Vineyard Times to the Dallas Morning News... from the Yankton County Observer in South Dakota to the Bangor Daily News in Maine... the papers are all running editorials as part of an effort first proposed by the Boston Globe earlier this month.

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  • Friday, August 10, 2018 10:01 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.

    Tribune Suing Sinclair For $1 Billion+ 

    Tribune Media, which on Thursday withdrew from its $3.9 billion buyout by Sinclair Broadcast Group, is suing Sinclair for “approximately $1 billion of lost premium to Tribune’s stockholders and additional damages in an amount to be proven at trial.”

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    Scripps Sells Boise And Tucson Clusters To Lotus For $8 Million

    The E.W. Scripps Company’s radio sell-off picked up steam Tuesday with a two-market $8 million sale. The Cincinnati-based broadcaster says it has cut a deal to sell a total of eight radio stations in Boise and Tucson to Lotus Communications for $8 million. The deal marks the third cluster sale for Scripps with five more markets to go.

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    Tier two automotive ads are some of the best testing radio ads in America

    Tier two automotive, the middle child of the automotive advertising hierarchy, is situated between the brand messaging of national advertisers in tier one and local dealers in tier three. Tier two campaigns support regional dealer associations to drive purchase around key sales events.

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    Show Me the Money: FCC Launches Repack Reimbursement Proceeding for LPTV, TV Translator, and FM Stations

    In adopting a Notice of Proposed Rule Making late last week, the FCC took the first step in establishing ground rules for reimbursing Low Power Television, TV translator and FM radio stations affected by the TV spectrum repack. Most of the proposed rules track the statutory direction contained in the Reimbursement Expansion Act (REA) adopted in March, but a few potentially controversial proposals were included as well.

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    FCC Upholds Fine Against Alleged L.A. Pirate

    Juan Carlos Uribe is the Van Nuys, CA man the Federal Communications Commission alleges was behind an unlicensed station in the Los Angeles market. It proposed a $15,000 fine against Uribe last November and, after not hearing any defense or response of any kind from him, the Enforcement Bureau has upheld that fine.

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  • Friday, August 03, 2018 9:01 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.

    USTN Sues Entercom Over Aborted Deal 

    The strained relationship between United States Traffic Network and Entercom has begun a new – and litigious – chapter. The traffic services provider has filed a suit in U.S. District Court against the broadcaster, alleging that Entercom was in talks to buy USTN, then bailed on the deal, severed its relationship with the company and used the trade secrets it gained from USTN to develop a competing service to launch in the fourth quarter.

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    Entercom Responds To USTN’s $5M Lawsuit

    The charges led Entercom President/CEO David Field to scrap his midday appointment schedule and issue a statement explaining how his radio broadcasting company’s contract with USTN has ended — and how “relieved” Entercom is to be out of contract it inherited from its merger with CBS Radio.

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    Cordillera Looking To Exit The TV Station Business

    The St. Paul, Minn.-based broadcasting arm of the Charleston, S.C.-based Evening Post Industries has hired Methuselah Advisors of New York City to sell its portfolio of 11 stations in 11 small markets, the sources say.

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    50 State Associations Support MMA

    A letter has gone out to Senators Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer urging the Senate to pass the Music Modernization Act. The MMA has passed both the entire House of Representatives and Senate Judiciary Committee. The letter is from broadcasters associations in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Here are the details.

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    ComScore to Debut First Ad Product Under New CEO

    With the new Campaign Ratings tool, comScore aims to provide advertisers with a more realistic report of who is watching their ads by measuring viewers who see an ad on any device. The product aims to strip out duplication, meaning that it will count a viewer who might watch a video on their TV and phone only once.

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  • Thursday, July 26, 2018 12:08 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 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.

    Music Modernization Act: Eleventh-hour proposal could torpedo landmark bill, backers warn 

    An 11th-hour proposal by the music licensing company SESAC to change the Music Modernization Act could torpedo the landmark copyright legislation that is on the brink of becoming law, supporters of the legislation warn.

    Songwriters and publishers have been hunting for new digital music licensing laws for years, and in 2018 momentum has been on their side. Stakeholders representing every corner of the music industry, including digital music companies such as Spotify and Apple, record labels, artists and the largest performance rights organizations all back the legislation.

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    Federal Court Upholds FCC’s UHF Discount

    In a closely watched case, a three-judge panel of the federal court of appeals in Washington dismissed a challenge to the FCC vote last fall to restore the UHF discount, a decision that allowed TV station groups to extend their reach to as much of 78% of TV homes. It’s good news for groups bumping up against the current effective cap of 39% and looking to buy more stations.

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    Rep. Scalise Tries Again to Repeal Must-Carry, Retrans Regime

    Scalise has reintroduced a discussion draft of his Next Generation Television Marketplace Act, which repeals must-carry and retransmission consent rules and the compulsory license. That is the license that allows broadcasters to include nonlocal programming in their retrans deals without having to secure individual rights from national network and syndication rightsholders.

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    Opinion: The Localist Revolution

    Localism is the belief that power should be wielded as much as possible at the neighborhood, city and state levels. Localism is thriving — as a philosophy and a way of doing things — because the national government is dysfunctional while many towns are reviving. Politicians in Washington are miserable, hurling ideological abstractions at one another, but mayors and governors are fulfilled, producing tangible results.

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  • Thursday, July 19, 2018 11:08 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.

    FCC Votes Unanimously To Designate Sinclair-Tribune for Hearing 

    The order designates the proposed merger for a hearing before an administrative law judge because of issues FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and FCC staff had with some of the station spin-offs, specifically those Sinclair had planned to sell to third parties with ties to Sinclair investors or execs.

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    Bill Would Put EAS On Repeat, Expand It To Streaming Services

    There’s more fallout from January’s false missile emergency alert, but it’s coming in Washington—not Hawaii where the mistake occurred. A bill has been introduced that, among other things, would require active alerts issued by the President or the Federal Emergency Management Agency to be put on repeat – rather than the current one-time airing by radio and television stations when they receive an activation of the Emergency Alert System.

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    As Clock Ticks, New Hurdles Mount Against the Music Modernization Act

    The Senate needs to act on the bill before this Congressional term ends, otherwise lawmakers and music industry lobbyists must start the legislative process again next year after the fall midterm elections bring new officials into Congress.

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    FCC Quickly Shoots Down Latest Attempt To Block New Translators

    In quick order the Federal Communications Commission has put hundreds of FM translator applications back on track, swiftly shooting down a petition filed by low-power radio supporter Prometheus Radio Project, along with Common Frequency and the Center for International Media Action seeking to overturn an earlier decision allowing the applications to move forward. 

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    ABA Announces 2018 Hall of Fame Class

    Every year, the ABA inducts legendary Arizona Broadcasters into its Hall of Fame. The luncheon honoring the inductees raises money for ABA scholarships, broadcast camps and Arizona AMBER Alert. This year's honorees are Art Brooks, J.D. Freeman, Johnjay and Rich and Donna Rossi.

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  • Thursday, July 12, 2018 2:11 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 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.

    FCC starts to unwind 'kid vid' rules 

    The so-called kid-vid rules adopted in the 1990s were supposed to address concerns that kids were seeing too much violence and advertising when they tuned into their favorite Saturday morning cartoons. After years of lobbying, parents' groups won legislation to keep broadcasters in check, and the FCC developed a set of rules that spelled out what broadcasters needed to do to ensure kids were getting quality educational TV programming.

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    Smith: Settlement Possible In Radio’s Royalty Battle

    More than a year of discussions between the National Association of Broadcasters and the music industry have so far failed to resolve the decades-long standoff over whether radio should pay royalties for on-air use of music. But NAB president Gordon Smith remains optimistic some agreement can be hatched, most likely tied to what radio pays for streaming.

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    FCC Sets Annual EAS ‘Form One’ Filing Deadline

    An announcement about if and when the next national test of the Emergency Alert System could come as soon as this week from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, but a good indication that one is on the horizon comes from the Federal Communications Commission. The agency just set an Aug. 27 deadline for all radio stations to submit their EAS Test Reporting System Form One.

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    KPHO-TV CBS5 And KTVK 3TV'S Vice President & GM Ed Munson To Retire After Distinguished 40-Year Career In Television Industry

    Ed Munson, Vice President and General Manager of Meredith Corporation's KPHO-TV CBS5 and KTVK 3TV in Phoenix, announced today that he will retire on September 7, 2018, after a 40-year career in television broadcasting. Under Munson's leadership, the news operation has grown to the largest in the state of Arizona, creating more than 100 hours of local news and information programming each week.

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    FCC/FEMA to Hold Emergency Alerting Webinar on July 25

    The FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau, in coordination with FEMA, announces an upcoming webinar on the Emergency Alert System and Wireless Emergency Alerts to be held on July 25, 2018

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  • Thursday, July 05, 2018 11:12 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.

    FCC's O'Rielly: Next Gen TV Future Is Now 

    FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly warned broadcasters this week that if they snooze on ATSC 3.0 they could lose out to their online competitors. ATSC 3.0 is the advanced TV transmission standard the FCC is letting broadcasters roll out on a voluntary basis.

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    What do the 2018 Murrow Award winners have in common?

    With more than 100 documentaries, news series, digital projects, podcast episodes, news packages and more recognized this year, the 2018 National Murrow Award winners are fertile ground for new and seasoned journalists alike looking for examples of the best in the craft of broadcast and digital journalism.

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    Mid-Year Update: What The Forecasters Are Saying

    Broadcasters aren’t the only ones taking stock of 2018 at the mid-year point. So are the forecasters at the big advertising agencies, whose predictions marketers and media vendors rely on. The good news is most of them are now offering a rosier outlook for the year than what they presented earlier.

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    3.0 Opportunities Abound In Cars, Highways

    With ATSC 3.0, broadcasters expect to play a big role in delivering infotainment to autonomous cars, but there is another related emerging market where broadcasters may be able also play — “smart” highways designed to improve safety, relieve congestion and reduce greenhouse gases.

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  • Thursday, June 28, 2018 3:08 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 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.

    Senate Judiciary Committee Unanimously Passes Music Modernization Act 

    The Senate Judiciary Committee unanimously voted to approve the Music Modernization Act on Thursday, paving the way for improved royalty payments to songwriters, artists and creatives in the digital era. The vote follows last month’s unanimous approval of similar legislation by the House of Representatives, and clears the way for the full Senate to consider the act.

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    Raycom, Gray Television Agree To Merge

    Gray and Raycom are combining their companies in $3.6 billion deal. In a statement released in the 7am hour, Eastern, on Monday (6/25), Gray and Raycom said the “transformative transaction will create the single largest owner of top-rated local TV stations and digital assets in the country.”

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    Senate Commerce Approves Starks Nomination to FCC

    The Senate Commerce Committee has unanimously approved the nomination of Geoffrey Starks to succeed Mignon Clyburn as Democratic commissioner on the FCC.

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    FCC Agrees More Data Needed Before Opening C-Band To New Users

    The Federal Communications Commission may be moving toward opening the C-band spectrum where radio currently pulls programming and content from satellites circling the Earth. But in a draft order set for a vote July 12, the Commission is largely embracing broadcasters’ request that it first take stock of exactly what’s happening in the mid-band before allowing wireless companies to move in and begin building commercial mobile broadband services.

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    Entercom Pulling Stations From TuneIn

    As of July 6 all legacy Entercom stations will move over to Radio.com, the digital app Entercom picked up as part of the merger with CBS Radio. All legacy CBS Radio stations will be pulled off TuneIn by August 1. In a memo to staff Monday, CEO David Field said, “We are committed to making Radio.com a leader in the digital audio space.”

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  • Thursday, June 21, 2018 11:15 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.

    FCC Won't Consider 39% Cap at July Meeting 

    Despite recent buzz that FCC Chairman Ajit Pai would be scheduling a vote at the July 12 public meeting on a proposal related to the FCC's review of the 39% ownership cap/UHF discount at the FCC's, such an item did not make the agenda.

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    Agencies Applaud Radio’s Data Initiatives

    With marketers putting more pressure on their ad agencies to show the tangible results of media buys, the radio industry has responded during the past year or so by introducing new data-infused buying systems, attribution analytics and more studies that prove return on investment. Agencies are applauding the moves, saying radio’s embrace of data and analytics is fostering renewed interest in the medium, helping it remain competitive and giving radio a bigger chair at the buying table.

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    Nielsen, FreeWheel Expand OTT, On-Demand Measurement

    Nielsen and Comcast’s FreeWheel said they will expand measurement of over-the-top and set-top box video-on-demand inventory. The effort is aimed at creating additional TV advertising inventory, using data to improve the targeting of viewers, making it more attractive to marketers.

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    NAB On Board For Radio Ownership Rule ‘Modernization’

    The NAB late last Friday announced that it will “urge” the Commission to “modernize outdated radio ownership rules as part of its quadrennial media ownership review proceeding planned for later this year.” (Paywall)

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    NBA Team Signs With Skyview For New Technology

    The Phoenix Suns are the first NBA franchise to partner with Skyview Networks for its SkyCap system at Talking Stick Resort Arena. At the start of the 2017-18 season, Skyview Networks’ SkyCap system was installed to capture all gameday partner activations and in-arena advertisements with high-definition video to auto-save clips in a searchable database.

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