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  • Friday, January 19, 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.


  • Friday, January 12, 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.



  • Friday, January 05, 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.



  • Friday, December 29, 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.



  • Friday, December 22, 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.



  • Friday, December 15, 2017 11:44 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.

    F.C.C. Repeals Net Neutrality Rules – New York Times

    The Federal Communications Commission voted on Thursday to dismantle landmark rules regulating the businesses that connect consumers to the internet, granting broadband companies the power to potentially reshape Americans’ online experiences.

    Murdoch: New Fox Interested In More Stations – TVNewsCheck

    Fox Chairman Rupert Murdoch said that “New Fox,” pared down by its deal with Disney to its broadcasting assets and national news and sports networks, is interested in expanding its portfolio of TV stations. “There will be opportunities,” he said he said on a conference call with securities analysts this morning. “It will depend on the price.”

    FCC Passes Order To Add Blue Alerts To EAS System – Inside Radio

    In a unanimous decision, the Federal Communications Commission today voted in favor adding a new alert option—called a Blue Alert—to the EAS and Wireless Emergency Alert system. Similar to codes for weather events and other emergencies, the Order adds a dedicated event code to issue a warning about an imminent and credible threat to police officers’ safety across radio and television stations.

    Siri, what’s that song? Apple buys Shazam – CNN

    Apple confirmed Monday it is buying Shazam, a music recognition service that became an early favorite application of the smartphone era. Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed. TechCrunch, which was first to report the acquisition talks last week, pegged the price at around $400 million.

    Majority Of House Now Supports Radio – Radio Ink

    The NAB reports that with the addition of five more members from the House of Representatives, 220 now support the Local Radio Freedom Act, two more than needed to constitute a majority. A big thank you goes out to those in the Arizona Delegation that gave their support: Rep. Gosar, Rep. McSally, Rep. O’Halleran, Rep. Schweikert and Rep. Sinema.


  • Friday, December 08, 2017 11:45 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.

    FCC Schedules Final FM Translator Filing Window – Inside Radio

    The Federal Communications Commission will ring in 2018 with the fourth and final planned translator filing window. It has set Jan. 25-31 as the next spectrum land rush for owners of any AM station—including Class A and B stations that were excluded from last summer’s filing window—to apply for an FM translator. The one big caveat that remains is the broadcaster can’t have participated in either the Jan. or July 2016 translator filing windows or the during the July-Aug. 2017 window.

    Report: Disney, Fox Close in on Deal – Broadcasting and Cable

    After breaking off talks about a month ago, The Walt Disney Co. and 21st Century Fox are reportedly close to a deal that would bring Fox’s movie studio and select cable channels to the Magic Kingdom in a deal valued at about $60 billion.

    Telemundo To Buy 13 TV Stations From ZGS Communications – Forbes

    NBC Universal’s Telemundo Station Group has struck a deal to acquire 13 television stations from ZGS Communications, Inc., which owns and operates the Telemundo affiliates.

    FCC to Review National Cap, UHF Discount – TV Technology

    A vote has been scheduled for a review of the 39 percent national TV station audience reach cap, aka national cap, per a statement from FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. In the official order circulated to the FCC commissioners, Pai is proposing a review of the national cap and the UHF discount that could lead result in modified, retained or eliminated regulations.

    Here’s More Feel-Good Radio News, From Nielsen – Radio + Television Business Report

    Hot on the heels of Entercom’s new advertising campaign touting radio’s benefits to the nation’s leading marketers and advertising decision-makers, Nielsen Audio has revealed some key new details about radio consumption from its second-quarter 2017 Nielsen Total Audience Report.



  • Friday, December 01, 2017 11:48 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 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.

    Broadcasters Slam ‘Dangerous’ DOJ Shift On Music Licensing – Inside Radio

    When oral arguments over whether the government’s new dictate that ASCAP and BMI offer full-work licenses to music users like radio are set for Friday in New York, industry players including the National Association of Broadcasters, the Radio Music License Committee, iHeartMedia, and the National Religious Broadcasters Music License Committee won’t have a chance to stand up and make their case to the court.

    Local reporters in Puerto Rico ‘forge ahead’ through wreckage – Columbia Journalism Review

    Reporters from outside Puerto Rico have done important work to portray the storm’s devastating effects. Their coverage, however, doesn’t convey the long-term tasks awaiting local reporters like Gotay, who are left to document the storm’s toll on the island while also grappling with the same aftermath in their personal lives.

    FCC Takes Up Emergency ‘Blue Alerts’ For Threats To Law Enforcement – NPR

    The Department of Justice has since launched the National Blue Alert Network, and states can already set plans for how or when to issue such alerts. But now it’s asking to FCC for an easy and consistent way to transmit Blue Alerts around the U.S.

    FCC Fines L.A. Pirate—And Warns 34 Others – Inside Radio

    The ongoing crackdown on pirate radio has resulted in another fine against an alleged unlicensed operator. The Federal Communications Commission has proposed a $15,000 fine against a Van Nuys, CA man who it says ignored repeated warnings and kept his pirate station on the air.


  • Wednesday, November 22, 2017 11:50 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 Sends Ownership Draft To Commissioners – TV News Check

    FCC Chairman Ajit Pai today issued the following statement on the draft Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that he circulated to his fellow commissioners today, seeking comment on the FCC’s national television multiple ownership rule, also known as the national cap, including the UHF discount.

    Music Consumption Report: Smart Speaker Owners Listen More – Inside Radio

    As the marketplace for smart speakers continues to expand, so too does consumption of music. That is among the takeaways from The Music Business Association (Music Biz) music survey “Music Consumption: The Overall Landscape 2017,” conducted by AudienceNet/LOOP. Heavy music consumption was also more common among speaker owners: Among average listeners, 24% listened to more than 4 hours of music a day, while for smart speaker owners, 34% listened that much, as reported by RAIN.

    FCC Approves Rollout of Next Gen TV, Modernizes Media Ownership Rules – NAB Pulse

    In case you missed it, Last week, in a pair of big wins for broadcasters, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) adopted orders that modernize outdated broadcast media ownership rules and allow broadcasters to start using the Next Generation TV standard. By a 3-2 vote, the FCC significantly reformed its outdated broadcast ownership rules, granting the vast majority of NAB’s petition for reconsideration of the FCC’s 2016 decision to retain (and effectively tighten) the existing rules.

    Happy Thanksgiving from the ABA!

    The ABA wishes you and your families a happy Thanksgiving and hopefully, a restful four-day weekend! We’re grateful for our wonderful members and the sucessful events we put on this year.


  • Friday, November 17, 2017 11:52 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.

    FCC Approves Media Rule Changes—But A Court Fight Looms – Inside Radio

    On a party-line 3-2 vote, the Federal Communications Commission today adopted several media ownership rule changes. For radio the updates mean the 42-year newspaper-broadcast cross-ownership ban has been repealed.

    FCC Launches Next-Gen Broadcast TV Standard – Broadcasting and Cable

    A politically divided FCC has voted 3-2 to allow for the voluntary rollout of the ATSC 3.0advanced transmission standard. That came over the objections of Democrats on the commission and in Congress, who argued that it was a gift to Sinclair or a rush to a standard that could leave viewers paying for the change through new TV’s or equipment of higher cable prices.

    Next-Gen TV’s ‘Model Market’: Phoenix – Radio + Television Business Report

    Seven broadcast TV companies have joined with Next-Gen TV proponent Pearl TV in what’s being called “a comprehensive effort” to show how the forthcoming ATSC 3.0 digital broadcast standard can be deployed while maintaining existing digital TV service (ATSC 1.0) for viewers. The “model market” that’s been selected is Phoenix.

    Sinclair Deal Debated On Hill – Broadcasting and Cable

    Sinclair/Tribune deal friends and foes clashed on Capitol Hill Wednesday at a debate and panel session hosted by the Georgetown Law’s Institute for Technology Law & Policy. The forum did not break a lot of new ground, but there was some scorched earth, particularly when the issue of shared services and joint sales agreements came up.

    Entercom Shareholders Approve Merger – Radio Ink

    As expected, Entercom shareholders have approved the company’s merger with CBS Radio. Philly.com reports that only four shareholders attended the special meeting to vote on the deal. The deal is expected to close Friday, putting all CBS Radio stations under the management and leadership of Entercom.


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