MVPDs, DBS Giants Gang Up Against Sinclair’s Tribune Deal

Are broadcasters "abusing outdated rules to boost their bottom lines" and the main culprits behind the "blackout" of local broadcast TV channels on MVPDs and such DBS providers as DISH Network? That's what the American Television Alliance (ATVA) thinks, and this provides needed background as to why it is expressing concern with the FCC regarding Sinclair Broadcast Group's acquisition of Tribune Media, and why it met Thursday with the FCC to discuss ATSC 3.0 rollout.

The Radio Company That’s All About Community

Some media companies say they are all about serving the communities in which their stations are located. One company, with stations in small cities located across New York State, South Carolina, and Florida's Panhandle, is all about community. If not, this operator's very name would be a misnomer. In this exclusive RBR+TVBR INFOCUS report, we peek inside the studios and offices of a cluster of stations owned by a company that's all about being loyally local.

Univision Head Speaks Out On Racism

In an impassioned statement released late Friday, Univision President/CEO Randy Falco expressed pride in the multicultural America "we live in and our making." He then turned to the recent racially motivated events in Charlottesville, Va., by turning to the words of the late Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall before noting, "The current insanity threatens to spiral out of control and has to stop. Leadership is needed."

What Did MMTC, NABOB and Salem Say To Chairman Pai?

On Wednesday (8/16), representatives from two key broadcast media multicultural advocacy organizations, a big D.C. law firm, a major Christian-themed broadcaster and a Black-owned broadcaster based in Alabama held court with one of the most influential individuals in Washington, D.C. That person is FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. What did they discuss? We now know.

Millennials On Millennials: Nielsen Probes Its Own For Media Likes

Who better than to ask about the media preferences of millennials than millennials themselves? That's exactly what Nielsen did with its second volume of its "Millennials on Millennials" report, and it queried its own associates to get the answers it wanted.

Duquesne Gets Dollars To Help Preserve Radio’s Roots

Years from now, when historians and tourists visiting the Steel City go to the nascent National Museum of Broadcasting, they'll likely see and hear invaluable artifacts relating to the birth of American radio. Thank Duquesne University in Pittsburgh for the foresight to preserve some of the radio industry's roots, and thank the Pennsylvania Department of Education for funding it. 

The FCC’s Pirate Fight Moves West

The Chicago and New Orleans field offices of the FCC's Enforcement Bureau are stepping into the fight to quash pirates. These newest violators are in suburban towns, and far from the urban centers on the East Coast where such activity is rampant and recidivist. 
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Saga By The Numbers: How’d It Do In Q2?

Saga Communications is one of the media industry's darlings of Wall Street, and has regularly been a solid performer providing investors with strong dividends. How did Saga's Q2 compare to that of its peers? Capital Cube asked, and we've got the answers.

Rhode Island’s NPR Member Sells In Providence

Despite vociferous opposition from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth student body, Rhode Island Public Radio is now the owner and operator of the station formerly known as WUMD-FM 89.3. The station is now WXNI, and its big signal has led RIPR to formally shed one of its other properties—an AM in the state's biggest market.

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Golden State Noncomms Trade Hands

Two Class B noncommercial FMs in a remote region of California are trading hands. There's "Living Proof" of this deal in the form of a Form 314 filing made with the Commission on Tuesday (8/22), and it's the lone transaction in RBR+TVBR's TRANSACTIONS TODAY on yet another quiet day for deals.

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Univision Bouncing Over Katz Deal Extension

Will Univision Communication TV stations offering four English-language multichannel networks continue to do so for the next several years? The answer is ¡Sí! thanks to a new agreement inked this week.

National TV Commercial Impressions Sink In June

Pivotal Research Group Senior Research Analyst of Advertising Brian Wieser is at it again, as Wall Street's Wordsmith Watchdog has penned another report based on his analysis of trends associated with the use of TV along commercial share trends for U.S. media owners. Wieser examined the calendar month of July 2017, and his prognosis isn't so great for the TV industry.

MVPDs, DBS Giants Gang Up Against Sinclair’s Tribune Deal

Are broadcasters "abusing outdated rules to boost their bottom lines" and the main culprits behind the "blackout" of local broadcast TV channels on MVPDs and such DBS providers as DISH Network? That's what the American Television Alliance (ATVA) thinks, and this provides needed background as to why it is expressing concern with the FCC regarding Sinclair Broadcast Group's acquisition of Tribune Media, and why it met Thursday with the FCC to discuss ATSC 3.0 rollout.

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How Can Radio Monetize The ’90s?

Is the 1990s simply horrible and unworthy of a radio station of its own that you can profit from? That's what some consultants may say. That's what some owners may say. RBR+TVBR's Editor-in-Chief disagrees. He believes there's a "throwback" format out there that can make you money. All it takes is thinking like a millennial.

What Makes Radio A ‘Community Connector’?

For Whitney Media owner William O'Shaughnessy, a legendary figure in New York broadcasting, it all comes down to one key goal, and gaining influence with local leaders. If not, your radio station could just be another jukebox or entertainment purveyor ... and that's not a recipe for longevity, O'Shaughnessy says in this exclusive RBR+TVBR INFOCUS report.

‘The New FCC: Working To Right The Course’

In a speech delivered Saturday to the Americans for Prosperity’s 2017 Defending the American Dream Summit in Richmond, FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly asserted that the FCC’s job "is to provide an environment for such innovation and investment to flourish in the communications technology sector while protecting consumers along the way." He lamented that the FCC under former chairman Tom Wheeler "deviated from this proven formula."

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Raycom Goes With GatesAir For Repack Act

One of the nation's largest privately owned broadcast TV companies has partnered with GatesAir to provide transmitters and installation services made necessary from the TV spectrum repack.

The Newest IP Audio Codec From Comrex Arrives

Comrex is now shipping ​ACCESS NX​, the latest in its IP audio codec line. Introduced at NAB 2017, ACCESS NX is designed for a wide range of applications, including ENG, sports announcing, talk show hosting, and community outreach.

Artel Establishes A Strategic Advisory Board

Artel Video Systems, a provider of real-time multimedia delivery solutions, has created a Board of Advisors to help guide its growth as a broadcast media tech company. In doing so, it has welcomed its first members.