Brian Wieser

Despite ESPN Layoffs, Sports A Vital TV Viewing Source

The mid-week news regarding ESPN was bleak: Some 100 layoffs were seen for the sports brand across TV and radio. Yet, one top Wall Street financial analyst says sports programming hasn't lost its importance to traditional TV networks. "As a genre, it represents an outsized source of costs, revenues and strategic leverage between networks and distributors," says this analyst. Learn more about why sports' Power Ratio hasn't ebbed for TV in this Media Information Bureau report.

‘An Inoculation For Fevered Fact-Free Internet Activism’

What does FCC Chairman Ajit Pai have to say about the future of internet regulation? Bret Swanson, a Visiting Fellow at AEI's Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy and president of Entropy Economics LLC, a strategic research firm specializing in technology, may offer a perfect glimpse into Pai's pro-commerce thoughts on "net neutrality," with this Media Information Bureau column.
Erwin Krasnow

Selling Your Station for Top Dollar

If you are thinking about selling your station and want to make sure that you receive top dollar, Erwin Krasnow, the co-chair of the Communications Group of D.C. law form Garvey Schubert Barer, and Doug Ferber, a respected media financial consultant have some recommendations for you to consider before placing your property on the market.

‘Can We Save Regulation At The FCC?’

Mark Jamison, a visiting Fellow with the American Enterprise Institute’s Center for Internet, Communication, and Technology who serves as Director and Gunter Professor of the Public Utility Research Center at the University of Florida, has been vocal about his desire to reform the FCC. In this Media Information Bureau column, Jamison hopes Chairman Ajit Pai and his colleagues "continue to fight back and return the agency to its former solid analytical footing" — and away from "regulation by drama."

Is ‘Fair Pay’ Really A ‘Public Policy No-Brainer’?

Thomas Sydnor, a Visiting Fellow with AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy, thinks so. In this Media Information Bureau column that's a must-read for every C-Suite executive in the radio industry, Sydnor believes such legislation is in the "legal, national, and economic interests of the U.S."

Why Radio’s C-Suite Must Embrace iOS

At the 2017 NAB Show, NextRadio will make some big announcements. This is likely to include news that the App that brings live and local radio is getting a new streaming audio version for iOS-powered devices. This couldn't be more important, based on the latest smartphone OS data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. Why? The Android OS is very uncool with U.S. mobile phone users — especially teens.

Is ‘AI’ The Answer For Radio’s Ad Dilemma?

Broadcast media is at a crossroads. Consumers are swarming to new opportunities that maximize content and minimize advertising. While ad buying and selling remain a vital part of the radio industry's lifeblood, quick decisions must be made in order to maintain success for advertisers and broadcasters alike. Drew Hilles believes he has a solution.

The Dangers of Using Social Media Data In Hiring

In early 2011, this D.C. Communications lawyer warned broadcasters that the FCC was not the only Washington regulatory agency that had to be on their radar. At the time, he was talking about the Federal Trade Commission. Given the widespread, now critically important use of social media, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (the EEOC) has emerged as another agency one must have on their radar, at all times. We revisit this lawyer's words, as they continue to resonate with the media industry's C-Suite.

How Will Gen Z Disrupt TV and Video?

Understanding how Gen Z is disrupting television viewing habits is crucial to the success of networks, cable, streaming services and online video hubs. New York-based market researcher Robin Hafitz dissects this increasingly important consumer segment's consumption habits in this exclusive Media Information Bureau column for RBR + TVBR.

Five Stories To Watch At The 2017 NAB Show

During the upcoming 2017 NAB Show in Las Vegas, broadcasters will be focused on a number of strategic, technological and competitive challenges and roadblocks to growing their businesses. As Accenture Global Managing Director/Broadcast Gavin Mann sees it, one of the biggest challenges is the need to make broadcast services more resilient to cyberattacks. There are other key challenges for broadcasters, which he discusses in this Media Information Bureau column.

Has Snap Cracked The Code On ‘Road To Register’ Success?

The hottest social media platform for the youngest members of "GenZ" and so-called "Centennials" is developing a tool designed to tell marketers if their advertising efforts designed to drive traffic to specific stores actually bring in these consumers. It sounds like something the radio industry has championed for years. Is Snap trying to take business away from radio, or emulate an "original" social media platform? We have our thoughts on the matter.

Is Radio Smart Enough To Court Alexa?

According to new research from Parks Associates, some 55% of U.S. broadband households find it appealing to control entertainment and smart home devices through voice commands. Hey, Alexa ... Do you have an FM chip to activate?

Has Economics Come Back From The Dead At The FCC?

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai placed a stake in the ground on Wednesday (4/5), committing himself to fix the lack of economics at the agency. Speaking at the Hudson Institute, Pai announced that he is forming the Office of Economics and Data (OED) at the FCC. In the eyes of Mark Jamison, this is a good first step.

‘The Mind of The Viewer,’ At Home

Attendees at the recent ARF Annual Conference in New York got a first-hand look at the latest findings from the Council for Research Excellence (CRE)'s two-pronged study designed to better understand how consumers view TV programming and advertising in a multi-platform world. We've got full details of what CRE found in the in-home phase of the study, "The Mind Of The Viewer."

It’s Time To Get To Know ‘Gen Z’

It's time to talk about "Generation Z," and the youngest of this group, RBR+TVBR's Editor-In-Chief writes in this Intelligence Brief. "It may be scary to fathom this, but we're talking about teens born after 2000," he notes. But, what's possibly scarier is why the media industry C-Suite shouldn't ignore this cohort, based on the latest Think With Google report.

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