Has The FCC Fined Sinclair Millions For Ad Disclosure Fail?

According to a trio of undisclosed sources who spoke with Reuters, the FCC is ready issue a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture in the amount of $13.3 million to Sinclair Broadcast Group for its failure to notify viewers that they were watching paid programming.

Are ‘Traditional’ Media Companies Scaring Away Good Talent?

Six years ago radio industry veteran Lee Abrams, co-founder and CEO of V-Satcast (described as “a hybrid broadcast/broadband OTT multicast streaming platform with original highly differentiated branded programming channel”) penned a highly received RBR + TVBR Intelligence Brief. In this Classic installment, Abrams discusses how “traditional” media companies may wish to better attract talent.

Nexstar: The Shining Star Of Wall Street

On Sept. 11, investors weren't so sure about the growth trajectory of Nexstar Media Group. It was nine months since the company closed on its $4.6 billion acquisition of Media General, a deal struck in September 2015. It was also a period where scrutiny over Sinclair Broadcast Group's planned merger with Tribune Media increased in volume -- and five weeks before Tribune stockholders overwhelmingly approved the merger. Nexstar shares sat at $57.80. Today, they are at a record high.

Should The FCC Keep Its ‘UHF Discount’ For Broadcast TV?

The question of whether the Commission should modify, retain or eliminate the 39% national audience reach cap and/or its reinstated "UHF Discount" used by broadcast TV to calculate compliance with the cap will now be put to the public. The FCC said yes to an NPRM that, Republican Commissioners note, won't do anything but ask the question of whether changes should be made. However, such changes are all but certain, Democrats warn.

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Should The Sale Of A Virginia AM Be Denied?

The owner of a silent AM serving an area of Southwestern Virginia some 40 miles from Bristol and Johnson City, Tenn., agreed to sell the station months ago. However, a Petition for Reconsideration by another broadcaster operating in the region was filed with the FCC's Media Bureau in an attempt to get another look at an Application for Review of the Commission's license renewal and transfer OK -- denied in November 2016. An Order on Reconsideration has just been released by the Media Bureau on the matter.
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SiriusXM Shares Sink On Royalty Rate Rise

Shares of Sirius XM Holdings sank by more than 6% in midday trading on Friday, after the Copyright Royalty Board revealed new rates for satellite-delivered services -- including SiriusXM. The rates, which cover the period of 2018-2022, are significantly higher than what they are today. Music Choice and Muzak are also getting a new royalty rate, and they should be pleased.

Fuss and Friends: Owners Of A Garden Isle FM

The purchase price has been revealed on a silent 100kw FM serving the Hawaiian island of Kauai. It's being acquired by a newly formed company headed by Larry Fuss. Here are the details behind the transaction, courtesy of the FCC.

More Ads Roll Out From Pandora

Attention, streaming audio consumers: There's another hoop to jump through to hear your favorite music on Pandora. And, it involves a video advertisement—something Pandora desperately needs to keep the profits flowing in.

Blue Alerts Added By FCC To Nation’s EAS

When it comes to the protection of law enforcement officers across the U.S., there's no question if bipartisan support can be had. Yet, one Democrat expressed reservations and a partial dissent as all five Commissioners today approved a Report and Order that would amend the Commission’s Emergency Alert System (EAS) rules to add a dedicated event code to facilitate the delivery of Blue Alerts over the EAS and Wireless Emergency Alert system.

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EMF Completes Deep South FM Buy

On Sept. 15, one of the most active buyers of radio stations across the U.S. announced that it was adding to its empire by acquiring a Class C2 facility with 32kw in Mississippi. The sale has now closed, with Bill Cate of Media Services Group serving as the exclusive broker in this transaction.

Update: WPME Lives On In Maine

On Tuesday, RBR+TVBR reported on the sale of a full-power UHF facility licensed to Lewiston, Maine, to ION Media Networks. Now, the seller is making it clear that the station's current programming will live on. Here are the exclusive details on this MyNetwork TV affiliate.

Nexstar: The Shining Star Of Wall Street

On Sept. 11, investors weren't so sure about the growth trajectory of Nexstar Media Group. It was nine months since the company closed on its $4.6 billion acquisition of Media General, a deal struck in September 2015. It was also a period where scrutiny over Sinclair Broadcast Group's planned merger with Tribune Media increased in volume -- and five weeks before Tribune stockholders overwhelmingly approved the merger. Nexstar shares sat at $57.80. Today, they are at a record high.

It’s A ‘Surprisingly Busy’ Pre-Holiday Period For This Broker

With Thursday's news that The Walt Disney Co. and 21st Century FOX have struck a deal that will give the parent of ABC control of 23 FOX Sports-branded regional cable networks and create a "new FOX" housing its broadcast TV O&Os, one may wonder if this will impact -- positively or negatively -- the brokerage community. For Media Services Group Managing Director Eddie Esserman, the answer is no. He also said just hours before a two-week vacation that his phone has been ringing a lot -- and that's unusual, and positive.

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More Ads Roll Out From Pandora

Attention, streaming audio consumers: There's another hoop to jump through to hear your favorite music on Pandora. And, it involves a video advertisement—something Pandora desperately needs to keep the profits flowing in.

The Outlook For The North American Sports Market

The 2017 edition of the PwC Sports Outlook, which updates PwC’s perspective on the sports industry, including recent results and potential opportunities and challenges to future industry growth, has been released and is now available for public consumption. This year’s edition refreshes PwC's five-year revenue forecasts through 2021 within four key segments of the North American sports market: media rights, gate revenues, sponsorship, and merchandising. Here are all of the details, as your media properties may include broadcast stations that offer sports talk or sports play-by-play -- and may account for a significant portion of your company's quarterly revenue.

New Furniture For The Holidays? This Retailer Hopes So.

Yes, jewelry, electronics and clothing tend to be popular choices among holiday gift-givers. But, what about a new couch, or dining room set, or a new bed? There's one retailer making a big push for holiday-time buyers, and it has landed this brand on the latest Media Monitors Spot Ten TV chart.

Has The FCC Fined Sinclair Millions For Ad Disclosure Fail?

According to a trio of undisclosed sources who spoke with Reuters, the FCC is ready issue a Notice of Apparent Liability for Forfeiture in the amount of $13.3 million to Sinclair Broadcast Group for its failure to notify viewers that they were watching paid programming.

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Audit Program For OTT Programming Distribution Ready To Start

With television networks relying more heavily on license fees paid by “over the top” (OTT) video programming distributors, Media Audits International (MAI) is readying the launch of an OTT digital audit program to audit distribution carriage agreements and subscriber/transactional records maintained by OTT content distributors—including multichannel video programming distributors (MVPDs) for "skinny bundles" of cable and satellite television channels.

Burland Succeeds Harmon At Utah Scientific

After 15 years as President of Utah Scientific, Tom Harmon has announced his retirement. Come Jan. 1, 2018, a change in command will transpire, elevating the current COO and EVP/Finance into Harmon's soon-to-be former role.

See The Future of Voice Control for Radio and TV

Voice control technology is no longer a rising trend. As 2017 comes to end, it has emerged as an industry standard in automobiles, mobile phones, and smart home products--among some of the other common places. While voice control technology is making its way to radio and television via Alexa skills and Google Home actions, these have been primarily relegated to basic tasks such as tuning to the station or replaying a most recent show. As you can learn in a FREE Dec. 19 webinar with two Veritone executives, this is about to change.