Kim Keenan Steps Down As MMTC Head

Nearly four years after succeeding co-founder David Honig as President/CEO of the Washington, D.C.-based Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC), Kim Keenan has resigned from her post. Keenan has decided "to pursue other professional opportunities"; she did not elaborate on the reason for her exit. An interim leader has already been named.

Have iHeart’s Lenders Won The Upper Hand?

The nation's largest radio broadcasting company, iHeartMedia, revealed Monday in a SEC filing that its iHeartCommunications subsidiary is "currently exploring a possible private capital-raising transaction." From the looks of this transaction, it appears that the company is moving forward with plans to amend or fully agree to a counter proposal presented by key lenders that could give them all of iHeart's equity in Clear Channel Outdoor and a significant stake in iHeart.
FCC

New Dashboard, Other Upgrades Come To FCC Website

The FCC on Monday flipped the switch on an online dashboard designed to provide the public with more information on the agency’s work. Now available at FCC.gov, the resource aims to give consumers better access to reports and graphics on FCC workloads, pending actions, and other accountability matrices—and more easily access Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) materials. 

Cumulus, Nielsen Agree To Multi-Year Deal Extension

For those who questioned whether or not Nielsen Audio would lose out on nearly $6.7 million its owed by Cumulus Media, think again. The nation's dominant audience measurement company and the nation's No. 2 radio broadcasting company by number of stations have just reached a deal on a multi-year extension for radio ratings services.

See The Future of Voice Control for Radio and TV

As 2017 comes to end, voice control technology is no longer a rising trend. Rather, it is an industry standard in automobiles, mobile phones, and smart home products--just to name a few 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'll learn in an exclusive Dec. 19 webinar with two Veritone executives, this is about to change.

Another Blow Up At The FCC For Honolulu AM Operator

The owner of a pair of 5kw AM radio stations based in Honolulu has received a Notice of Violation from the Commission for failing to follow its rules regarding antenna structures. The broadcast company should know better. The Commission sent a nearly identical notice to this radio station owner in March 2014.

Now-Entercom’s CBS Radio Gets Needed Indenture Consents

The consents are needed to "align certain definitions in the indenture with the corresponding definitions in CBS Radio's credit facility." No problem: CBS Radio received the requisite consents; the consent solicitation expired at 5pm Eastern on Friday.
SBS / Spanish Broadcasting System

SBS’s Publicly Traded Shares Crash

While Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS) Chairman/CEO Raul Alarcón Jr. holds the controlling interest in the Hispanic-focused multimedia company, there is a publicly traded "stub" that is very similar to iHeartMedia's "stub" of shares. While iHeartMedia has its share of troubles with lenders regarding its outstanding debt, SBS has had its fair share of financial concerns, too. Now, shareholders may be revolting.

Legendary New England Radio Leader Perry Ury Dies

The individual responsible for creating one of New England's biggest Top 40 radio stations of its era has died just shy of his 92nd birthday. Perry Ury, who spent many years at RKO General before enjoying a 19-year tenure as Chairman and President of the former Chase Broadcasting, passed away Friday at his home in Sarasota, Fla.

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Vox Media Snags A Saranac Translator

As RBR+TVBR has reported, Ted Morgan's Saranac Lake Radio is selling off all of its broadcast interests and is exiting the business following a succession of financial difficulties tied to the AMs and FMs located in the Adirondacks of Upstate New York. Now, Saranac Lake is divesting a translator to a regional operator who plans to use it to give a bit of "AM revitalization" to a Class B Sports Talker in the Burlington, Vt.-Plattsburgh, N.Y. market.

ABC TV Selects A New CTO

A 13-year veteran of NBCUniversal who has most recently served as President and co-Managing Partner of Channel Media Solutions (CMS) has just been named Chief Technology Officer for Disney|ABC Television Group.

ATSC Board Members Elected

Members of the Advanced Television Systems Committee Inc. (ATSC) have elected three industry executives to serve on the ATSC Board of Directors for three-year terms that begin in January 2018.

Urban One’s Cable TV Network ‘Suspends’ Daily AM News Show

The "only Black daily newscast on television" has decided to suspended production, and its final broadcast on Urban One's African American-targeted TV One cable network has been schedule for Dec. 21.

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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.

Walmart’s Winning Ways With Media

Big-box retailer Walmart charged up its radio spots this week, based on data from Media Monitors for the week ending Dec. 10. But, the retailer is also a big use of spot cable. Here are the details.
FCC

New Dashboard, Other Upgrades Come To FCC Website

The FCC on Monday flipped the switch on an online dashboard designed to provide the public with more information on the agency’s work. Now available at FCC.gov, the resource aims to give consumers better access to reports and graphics on FCC workloads, pending actions, and other accountability matrices—and more easily access Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) materials. 

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See The Future of Voice Control for Radio and TV

As 2017 comes to end, voice control technology is no longer a rising trend. Rather, it is an industry standard in automobiles, mobile phones, and smart home products--just to name a few 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'll learn in an exclusive Dec. 19 webinar with two Veritone executives, this is about to change.

ERI Wins Wozniak For East Coast TV Accounts

The former president of Maple Leaf RF Systems & Service has been appointed Eastern Region Account Manager/Television Products for Electronics Research Inc. -- known across the industry as ERI.

Here’s A New Broadcast Graphics Platform

ChyronHego has released the latest version of its PRIME Graphics platform. Version 2.6 of PRIME Graphics, a 64-bit, all-software rendering engine, includes such enhancements as 16-bit color and full, 10-bit I/O, a new Scene Camera effect, additional codecs for recording inputs, and advanced touch-screen features.