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  • Friday, November 10, 2017 11:54 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 Set To Let Broadcasters E-File Ownership Reports – Inside Radio

    The time has come for broadcasters to make the long-expected leap to electronic filing of biennial ownership reports. In another step in preparation for the opening of the filing window next month, the Federal Communications Commission has announced broadcasters are now able to register for and obtain the agency’s new Restricted Use FCC Registration Number.

    FCC Locks in Dates for Short Lifting of Upgrade Freeze for Unrepacked TV Stations – Comm Law Center

    The FCC announced in October that it would be lifting its 2013 freeze on certain TV station modification applications that would increase a station’s coverage area.  Lifting the freeze would let full-power and Class A TV stations that weren’t able to expand facilities in the just-ended modification windows for repacked stations (ie, stations that were not affected by the repack) to do so for the first time in nearly five years.

    In Puerto Rico: 10,000 Radios Help Ease Giant Challenges – Inside Radio

    Efforts to get Puerto Rican broadcasters back on the air and telecommunications services back online continue and Federal Communications Commission chief Ajit Pai is just back from a two-day trip to the territory. Pai said his visit was to assess the situation on the ground and to meet with government and industry officials about a “path forward” for Puerto Rico.

    FCC Approves CBS Radio-Entercom Merger – Inside Radio

    The biggest radio deal in years now has the blessing of the Federal Communications Commission to move forward, clearing the last remaining hurdle in the merger of Entercom’s 127 stations and CBS Radio’s 117-station portfolio. The FCC said plans to spin-off a total of 19 stations in seven markets, either to new owners or a divestiture trust, are enough to meet the government’s ownership limits.

    Twitter officially expands its character count to 280 – Tech Crunch

    Twitter’s expansion to 280 characters is rolled out publicly this week to all users in supported languages, including English. The company had first announced the controversial plan to move beyond its traditional 140 characters back in September, noting at the time how a longer character count allowed users to express more of their thoughts without running out of room to tweet.


  • Friday, November 03, 2017 11:56 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.

    Entercom to Divest 13 Stations in Exchange for Justice Department’s Approval of CBS Radio Acquisition – Variety

    Entercom Communications will divest 13 radio stations as part of an agreement with the Justice Department to proceed with its acquisition of CBS Radio. The settlement with the DOJ, unveiled on Wednesday, requires that Entercom, based in Philadelphia, divest five stations in Boston, four in San Francisco, and four in Sacramento. The merger will give Entercom 235 stations across the country.

    NAB Gives Thumbs-Up To GOP Tax Reform Plan – Radio + Television Business Report

    Top House Republicans including Rep. Paul Ryan introduced legislation that would greatly change the U.S. tax code. What it will do for broadcast media, and the ability to fully deduct business advertising expenses, got the NAB’s seal of approval.

    Trump Opioid Announcement Will Help NAB’s Ongoing Efforts – Inside Radio

    The NAB, which in 2016 announced a campaign addressing the nationwide opioid epidemic, released a statement Oct. 26, after President Trump declared the opioid crisis a “public health emergency.” “NAB is proud that our local broadcasters and network partners have been, for more than a year, shining a light on this public health crisis,” executive VP/Communications Dennis Wharton said.

    Cord cutting hits 632K for Q3 with bulk of top platforms reporting – Fierce Cable

    With five out of the top seven publicly traded linear pay TV platforms, including the top three, reporting customer numbers, it appears the industry’s record-bad third-quarter subscriber losses could indeed surpass 1 million users, as some analysts have predicted.

    Why More Midterm Candidates May Pull Lever On Radio Ads – Inside Radio

    The retirement announcements of Sens. Bob Corker (R-TN) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and a growing number of House members who say they won’t seek reelection have spurred speculation that the 2018 midterm election will be more competitive than previously thought. For broadcasters it could also mean more campaign advertising dollars.



  • Friday, October 27, 2017 11:57 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.

    Divided FCC Eliminates Main Studio Rule – Broadcasting and Cable

    A politically divided FCC has voted to eliminate the main studio rule. The vote was 3-2 with the two Democrats strongly dissenting. That was the almost eight-decade old requirement that broadcasters, radio and TV, maintain a main studio in or near their community of license.

    Turtles Lose Pre-1972 Fight in Florida – Radio Ink

    On Thursday, the Florida Supreme Court, agreed with the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and ruled that Florida common law does not recognize an exclusive right of public performance in pre-1972 sound recordings. The 35 page ruling (READ IT HERE) states that “Flo & Eddie essentially asks this Court to recognize an unworkable common law right in pre-1972 sound recordings that is broader than any right ever previously recognized in any sound recording.

    FCC to vote on rolling back media ownership rules – The Hill

    The FCC will be voting to roll back prohibitions against common ownership of a newspaper and broadcast station in the same area, the chairman said Wednesday. FCC Chairman Ajit Pai made the revelation during an oversight hearing before a House Commerce subcommittee.

    Broadcasters Fight Ad Tax By Any Ways And Means Necessary – Inside Radio

    It seems the oft-repeated “everything’s bigger in Texas” line could also apply to broadcasters’ response to the threat of a so-called ad tax. One congressman is getting that message loud and clear. The reason: He has yet to commit to preserving the ability for businesses to annually deduct the full cost of advertising in the year it is incurred.



  • Friday, October 20, 2017 12:00 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.

    Google wants to own the future of TV ad infrastructure – Business Insider

    For Google, TV is the final frontier. So it would make sense that to get there, the search giant started with Star Trek. As CBS bets big on the latest original “Star Trek” series as the anchor series for its fledgling streaming subscription service CBS All Access, it is relying on Google’s technology to deliver ads.

    Analyst: Ion’s Must-Carry Kills Potential Fox Deal – Broadcasting and Cable

    Ion Media has selected must-carry for its networks, according to Wells Fargo analyst Marci Ryvicker, who said the decision not to seek retransmission payments kills the chances of Ion making a deal with 21st Century Fox.

    Main Studio Rule Hits FCC Agenda – Radio Ink

    The Federal Communications Commission will meet on Tuesday, October 24 at 10:30 a.m. and item #6 on the agenda is the Elimination of Main Studio Rule. The Commission will consider a Report and Order eliminating the rule that requires each AM, FM, and TV station maintain a main studio located in or near its community of license.

    NAB, RTDNA Rip Trump For NBC Threat – TV News Check

    The NAB and the RTDNA blasted President Trump for his tweet this morning threatening the licenses of the NBC O&Os for what he believes is a false story about him by NBC News. “It is contrary to this fundamental right [of a free press] for any government official to threaten the revocation of an FCC license simply because of a disagreement with the reporting of a journalist,” said NAB President Gordon Smith.

    Broadcasters, Lawmakers In TV Repack Schedule Tug Of War – Inside Radio

    A letter from 56 members of Congress to the Federal Communications Commission is illustrating the push and pull of the looming repack of television spectrum. Radio and TV broadcasters and industry allies on Capitol Hill may want an extension to the 39-month timeline, but the lawmakers are pushing for the scheduled July 3, 2020 target to be left in place.



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