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Big Four Affiliates Groups Seek FCC Clarification on Foreign ID Rules

The affiliates associations for ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX television stations have collectively filed a petition for clarification of the FCC's Report and Order on its sponsorship identification requirements for foreign government-provided programming on broadcast UHF and/or VHF facilities.

The InFOCUS Podcast: Charity Holman, WVVA

Gray Television just selected her to succeed the retiring Frank Brady, an individual at the helm of an NBC affiliate in West Virginia. She, like Brady, has been at the station for 15 years. What does the longevity of these tenures say about life at a small-market Big Four affiliate? Listen to this InFOCUS Podcast presented by dot.FM, and you'll get the answer ... and more! LISTEN HERE
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Townsquare Media Crushes Q2 Estimates With Another Strong Quarter

How did the "digital first" owner of 322 radio stations located in markets outside the top 50 perform? Townsquare Media's adjusted EBITDA in Q2 was the highest seen in company history. That's just one of the positives that helped the company sail past its own estimates and those of Zacks Equity Research.
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Gray/Quincy Deal Closing Done as Allen Completes Spin Buy

Allen Media Group in late April emerged as the winning bidder for 10 stations being spun off by Gray Television in order for that company to complete its $950 million merger with Quincy Media, Inc. On Monday, AMG closed on its deal.

U.S. Media: ‘The End of Those Easy Compares’

After taking a close look at domestic digital advertising growth, noted media analyst Michael Nathanson uses the word "only" to describe the acceleration in dollars for the GAFAN group.  What does this mean for broadcast media companies set to release their Q2 earnings reports, if Facebook, Alphabet, Twitter and Snap were disappointments to Wall Street observers like him?

Concert Cash From iHeartMedia, and a State Lottery

In one of the more novel promotions to involve a radio brand in recent memory, the nation's No. 1 owner of AMs and FMs has teamed up with the Connecticut Lottery on the rollout of an instant win scratcher game that could give the lucky winner a top prize of $10,000.
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Townsquare Today: ‘What a Difference A Year Makes’

A pandemic protection plan has paid off for Townsquare Media, fueling the company's return to 2019 levels with a greater quest of exceeding them. But, is Q3 falling short of the performance seen two years ago — setting up a difficult narrative for Townsquare's peers?

Two Anniversaries, With One More Meaningful Today

Twenty-four months and one day after MTV's debut on August 1, 1981, Scott Shannon signed WHTZ on the air from 333 Meadowlands Parkway in Secaucus, N.J. Today, MTV is remembered for what it was. Shannon, and the station he built, are still going strong and very much part of today's consumer choices. As such, it isn't MTV's launch that should be celebrated.

Bloomberg Radio Adds To Growing Black Content Mix

Bloomberg Radio is responding to the thirst for African American-focused insight and information by launching "a daily look at the intersection of culture and commerce affecting Black American audiences."

Add Another Q2 Call To A Busy Thursday

No less than six earnings calls are on Thursday's calendar, with the latest addition to the slate of Q2 2021 releases just announcing their conference call time. Their earnings call will be held opposite that of Gray Television.

Secrets to Super-Serving Your Audience

According to Nielsen Power Buying data, 41% of U.S. podcast listeners are non-White with Hispanics gravitating to podcasts more than any other ethnic group. They also represent growth rate of 6x, well above the 4x rate among Whites. How can Hispanic radio take advantage of this exploding audio platform? A Hispanic Radio Conference session provides answers.

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Ravi Kapur Adds Florida LPTV Pair

A Bay Area entrepreneur who once appeared on-camera at KGO-7 in San Francisco has been an active buyer of late of low-power TV stations across the U.S. He's at it again. Ravi Kapur has just snagged a pair of LPTVs serving two of the Sunshine State's biggest markets. 

A New Day For Retrans Fights? The DirecTV Spin-Off Is Complete

With Tuesday's creation of a new company named DIRECTV, following its spin from AT&T, will broadcast TV companies including Cox Media Group, TEGNA, Hearst and Cowles benefit when their next round of individual retransmission consent agreement talks start?

Viacom’s New Cox Distribution Deal Includes OTT Access

If you receive your cable TV services from Cox Communications, there's no fear of losing access to any ViacomCBS-owned station anytime soon. In fact, Cox customers are gaining access to the company's collection of streaming services.
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Discovery Q2 Results Beat The Street. Why Did Its Stock Slide?

In the words of Zacks Equity Research, the second quarter 2021 results from Discovery Inc. "delivered earnings and revenue surprises" to the tune of 53.7% and 3.1%, respectively.  Yet, Discovery shares dipped below $27 a share in early trading on Tuesday and were off by 5% as of 11am Eastern. What are investors concerned about?

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