What’s The State Of Communications Marketplace Competition?

On February 27, the Office of Economics and Analytics at the FCC created Docket 20-60, opening up a comment period for interested parties to chime in on "the state of competition in the communications marketplace." Three months later, the NAB filed its comments on the matter. In total, 28 filings have been seen from groups including musicFIRST and the Future of Music Coalition.

Cox Plucks A Top DirecTV Leader As Kim Guthrie’s Successor

For the past five years, Daniel York has served as Sr. EVP and Chief Content Officer for AT&T and its DirecTV arm, and has been associated with the DBS provider's parent company since 2004. Now, York is exiting AT&T. He's taking a role most recently held by Kim Guthrie.

RBR+TVBR Coronavirus INFOCUS Podcast: JD Crowley

Sheltering at home led many radio consumers to use their smart speaker, or phone, to tune in to a radio station they'd normally listen to while in the car. As the nation begins its "reopening," Entercom Chief Digital Officer JD Crowley finds that as listening on an actual radio returns, streaming levels are staying put. Learn more in this RBR+TVBR podcast! LISTEN HERE

Gray Expands Its Peacock Presence In Alaska

The GCI arm known as Denali Media Holdings is selling its low-power NBC affiliates serving the Alaskan cities of Sitka and Juneau, the state capital. The buyer? The owner of NBC-affiliated KTUU-2 in Anchorage and NBC-affiliated KTVF-11 in Fairbanks.

‘Great Start’ To 2020 Clobbered By COVID-19 For Urban One

While the novel coronavirus slammed the company's radio properties, Urban One's digital segment and its TV One MVPD-distributed cable channel "are not as impacted to the same extent as radio." Nevertheless, the carnage of COVID-19 on Urban One's quarterly financial statement is as plain as day.

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The Radio Station Mobile App: COVID-19 Growth

The use of a station-specific mobile app has increased since the onset of consumer behavior changes spurred by restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic. That's based on new research from a leading provider of such apps, Futuri.

Salem To Reveal Its Q1 ’20 Results On Monday

Curious as to how Salem Media Group fared financially during the first three months of 2020? You'll have your answer on Monday, following the Closing Bell on Wall Street.

A Loud Move Lures A Knoxville Duo

Loud Media, the recently formed entity forged in Upstate New York between Ricki Lee and Aaron Ishmael, is agreeing to acquire a pair of FM radio stations in the Knoxville market. An asset purchase agreement has been filed with the Commission, and it is expected to be posted May 29. RBR+TVBR has the details on the price for these Class A facilities.

RBR+TVBR Coronavirus INFOCUS Podcast: Brian Barber

How has Davis Broadcasting sailed through the tough waters caused by the novel coronavirus? What is it doing to compete against a reinvigorated iHeartLatino in Atlanta? Find out in this fresh RBR+TVBR CORONAVIRUS INFOCUS Podcast featuring longtime radio executive Brian Barber, hosted by Radio + Television Business Report Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson. LISTEN HERE
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Townsquare Media Hits The Q2 Delay Button

Until midday Tuesday, it was understood that Townsquare Media would be releasing its first quarter 2020 results bright and early on Wednesday, ahead of the company's infamous 8am Eastern earnings call for analysts and investors. By 3pm Eastern, that plan was scrubbed. Thank the COVID-19 pandemic for an earnings release on the last possible permissible date allowed.

Former Gleason Stations Readying For Rebirth

In February 2019, longtime radio station owner Dick Gleason lost his battle with ALS. In March 2020, the stations licensed to the company he founded were silenced under a temporary STA request with the FCC. The reason cited? The COVID-19 pandemic clobbered the company's finances. Now, the stations have found a new owner and will resume broadcasting.

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Here’s What Gray’s Paying For Alaska Grab

RBR+TVBR was first to report Thursday on Gray Television's decision to acquire a low-power TV station in Juneau, and translator KSCT-LP 5 in Sitka, Alaska. Details, including the sale price, are now available, as a Form 345 filing with the FCC was made following the seller's release confirming a sale had been consummated.

George Flinn Jr. Executes A Host Of ‘Radiant’ Deals

George S. Flinn Jr. is widely known across the media broadcasting industry for his ownership of radio and TV stations in Mississippi, the Memphis market, and in Arkansas. Now, he's paring back his television assets. Concurrently filed deals indicate that he's parting ways with several of them, with all going to the same non-secular operator. Could a political bid be why?

ABC’s Big Bounce: Elmore Returns To Raleigh To Lead WTVD-11

In a major move involving one of the nation's top TV stations, the man who has served as VP/News for ABC Owned Television Stations' KABC-7 in Los Angeles since May 2015 will be celebrating his five-year anniversary in the role by going North Carolina. He's just been appointed President/GM of a station he spent 17 years at, as News Director.

Grimes Grabs The Reins At Hearst Television’s Flagship Property

On May 14, RBR+TVBR shared the news that Bill Fine will retire as President/GM of WCVB-5 in Boston, considered by Hearst Television to be its flagship property, at the end of June. Fine was only the fourth President and GM of WCVB since its 1972 sign-on. The fifth President/GM for WCVB will now start his duties July 1. And, he's coming from Pennsylvania.

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NAB COO Talks Up Radio Value At Senate DMCA Briefing

What did the NAB's COO say Wednesday to a group of U.S. Senators regarding the scope of music rights within the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA)?  Curtis LeGeyt had a lot to discuss, and much of his conversation centered on the role broadcast radio plays in the U.S.

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ReelWorld, Futuri Team For ‘The Future of Interactive Programming’

Futuri, the provider of cloud-based audience engagement software, and ReelWorld, a jingle, imaging, and sonic branding company, have forged a strategic partnership that includes the launch of a new interactive programming platform designed to help programming teams create "truly standout, engaging on-air moments with minimal drain on resources."

Virtual ‘Transmission Talk’ Begins From Nautel

Nova Scotia-based Nautel has announced a series of round table discussions under the “Transmission Talk Tuesday” title set to run weekly throughout the month of June. Hosted by Jeff Welton, the weekly events will bring in featured guests to discuss a range of topics related to radio transmission.

An Online Tool To Evaluate Video Creative, From Ipsos

A new online product designed to evaluate video creative in both the U.S. and the United Kingdom has been launched by Ipsos. It's branded "Creative|Spark," and was created for advertisers to quickly evaluate and optimise video creative in as little as 24 hours.