Would ‘Honest Ads Act’ Squelch Free Speech?

Democratic Senators Mark Warner and Amy Klobuchar, along with Republican co-sponsor John McCain, introduced legislation Thursday that would extend the FEC and FCC’s disclosure rules for broadcasters and other media to online ads. Dubbed the "Honest Ads Act," the trio of politicians say their bill is designed to “bring needed transparency and accountability to online political ads.” But, does it go too far? TechFreedom President Berin Szóka says yes.

Raycom-Run Hawaiian Station Sees DirecTV Disruption

For DirecTV subscribers across the Hawaiian islands seeking to view The Doctors at 7am or the 8am edition of Hawaii News Now Sunrise, there was nothing but darkness this morning. At midnight Eastern today, KFVE-9 in Honolulu — the MyNetwork TV affiliate for the state of Hawaii — was "dropped" from DirecTV's lineup. It's the latest dispute resulting from the failure of a new retransmission fee agreement between a service provider and a broadcast company, and the second ongoing dispute involving a TV station serving Hawaii.
Verizon

Verizon Fires Back With Pai Letter On Univision Impasse

The company's SVP/Public Policy & Government Affairs, Kathleen Grillo, has fired back at Univision Communications some three days after its Spanish-language stations were yanked from all FiOs and Verizon mobile delivery systems. Grillo did so with a strongly worded letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai stating her company's case, and defending its actions. We've got a RBR+TVBR Observation on the situación.

The ‘Broadcast Deal Myths Debunked’ Podcast: Episode 7

Doug Ferber of DEFcom Advisors LLC and Erwin Krasnow of Garvey Schubert Barer have created a special podcast series exclusively for RBR+TVBR members based on a series of articles centered on the topic “Broadcast Deal Myths Debunked.” In this seventh podcast installment, Ferber and Krasnow discuss the one part of any transaction that goes beyond intellectual property, possession of a broadcast license, or equipment acquisition — real estate. This is one of Ferber's favorite topics. Why?

Another Ask From iHeart For Its Private Exchange Offers

More than seven months ago, iHeartMedia's iHeartCommnications commenced private offers to eligible lenders under its Term Loan D and Term Loan E facilities to amend the existing term loans and exchange them for new securities of iHeartMedia and CC Outdoor Holdings and/or iHeart Communications. The company has had no luck with the exchange offers, offering extension after extension since April 5. The latest extension came late Thursday evening, with none of iHeart's original terms amended.

How Technology Can Make You, And Your Clients, Happy

Trying to understand the best way to invest in your media is what every advertiser still wants to know, and involves highly valuable insight. "Which ad resonated the best?" "Which station performed better?" "Was there a lift in demographic sales?" Understanding all of these touch points is what media attribution and data analytics can provide, and RBR+TVBR is pleased to be the delivery vehicle to the broadcast media industry.
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CBS Radio Takes Another Step Toward Entercom

CBS Corp. has commenced its exchange offer for the separation of its radio business. The exchange offer represents the next step in the planned combination of CBS Radio and Entercom, which will be effected through a "Reverse Morris Trust" transaction.

A New Direction Promises Small-Market Stations A Big Future

A final agreement has been put into place that will convert a LMA to outright ownership for the entity that's now overseeing a three FM/two AM (plus translators) cluster in a big Ozark resort town that also includes a local online news hub and cable TV offering The Vacation Channel. The company buying the stations is led Paul Coates, and a former presidential candidate who served as the 44th Governor of Arkansas.

Attention, Radio Industry: The Recording Academy Wants Your Money

Today marks a very special occasion for the Recording Academy. It’s District Advocate Day, which sees the activation of group members across the country to meet with their local member of Congress "to discuss important updates to music legislation." Translation: Lobbying is being done to gain support for presently moribund House bills that would impose more royalty fees on radio stations across the U.S.

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A Five-Dollar Deal In The Gorge

On Thursday, prosecutors announced that they have filed reckless burning charges in the Eagle Creek fire in Oregon's Columbia River Gorge. The accused: A 15-year-old boy. High burns in the gorge were seen just to the west of Hood River and Parkdale, where an FM translator rebroadcasting a Spanish-language LPFM has just been traded. The sale price is less than the cost of a flight of beer at Breakside Brewery.

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Temporary Thaw For FCC TV Modification Applications

The Media Bureau is temporarily lifting a freeze imposed on the filing and processing of full power and Class A station applications—a move that it says "will help ensure the utility of an upcoming application filing window for secondary stations displaced by the incentive auction repacking process."

Raycom-Run Hawaiian Station Sees DirecTV Disruption

For DirecTV subscribers across the Hawaiian islands seeking to view The Doctors at 7am or the 8am edition of Hawaii News Now Sunrise, there was nothing but darkness this morning. At midnight Eastern today, KFVE-9 in Honolulu — the MyNetwork TV affiliate for the state of Hawaii — was "dropped" from DirecTV's lineup. It's the latest dispute resulting from the failure of a new retransmission fee agreement between a service provider and a broadcast company, and the second ongoing dispute involving a TV station serving Hawaii.
Verizon

Verizon Fires Back With Pai Letter On Univision Impasse

The company's SVP/Public Policy & Government Affairs, Kathleen Grillo, has fired back at Univision Communications some three days after its Spanish-language stations were yanked from all FiOs and Verizon mobile delivery systems. Grillo did so with a strongly worded letter to FCC Chairman Ajit Pai stating her company's case, and defending its actions. We've got a RBR+TVBR Observation on the situación.

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Would ‘Honest Ads Act’ Squelch Free Speech?

Democratic Senators Mark Warner and Amy Klobuchar, along with Republican co-sponsor John McCain, introduced legislation Thursday that would extend the FEC and FCC’s disclosure rules for broadcasters and other media to online ads. Dubbed the "Honest Ads Act," the trio of politicians say their bill is designed to “bring needed transparency and accountability to online political ads.” But, does it go too far? TechFreedom President Berin Szóka says yes.

Five Keys To Advertising Effectiveness, According To Nielsen

What is the relative contribution that a campaign’s creative and media factors might have on sales? That's the key question recently put to the test by Nielsen Catalina Solutions (NCS) as part of a report that quantifies the impact of advertising. NCS looked at nearly 500 CPG campaigns that ran in 2016 and in Q1 of 2017 on linear and addressable television, online digital and video, mobile, magazines and radio. It offered five key takeaways, the biggest perhaps being the following conclusion: For large cross media campaigns, reach still comes primarily from television.

SVOD Ratings Arrive From Nielsen

The independent measurement of subscription-based streaming content has taken a giant leap forward, as Nielsen has officially flipped the switch on Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) Content Ratings. Nielsen calls this "a game-changing service," and it has received widespread support from key players in the TV industry. It puts a solid metric on Netflix viewership, for starters.
FCC

Temporary Thaw For FCC TV Modification Applications

The Media Bureau is temporarily lifting a freeze imposed on the filing and processing of full power and Class A station applications—a move that it says "will help ensure the utility of an upcoming application filing window for secondary stations displaced by the incentive auction repacking process."

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How Technology Can Make You, And Your Clients, Happy

Trying to understand the best way to invest in your media is what every advertiser still wants to know, and involves highly valuable insight. "Which ad resonated the best?" "Which station performed better?" "Was there a lift in demographic sales?" Understanding all of these touch points is what media attribution and data analytics can provide, and RBR+TVBR is pleased to be the delivery vehicle to the broadcast media industry.

Triveni Digital Adds SLA Verification Feature to StreamScope RM-50

Triveni Digital is ready to unveil a new Service-Level Agreement (SLA) verification feature for its StreamScope RM-50 monitoring system and will do so this week at NAB Show New York. The StreamScope RM-50 remote transport stream monitor is designed to allow broadcasters participating in a channel-sharing agreement to successfully verify SLAs.

A First For U.S. Television: A Series In The ‘4DX’ Format

That Mexican form of wrestling known as Lucha Libre is going to look a whole lot different — and immersive — Tuesday evening, thanks to its screening in a whole new format from a 4D cinema company that's working with El Rey Network.