CBS Viewers Across 56 DMAs: ‘Come Back Soon’

As expected, all CBS-owned TV stations on Saturday went dark on DirecTV, DirecTV NOW and U-Verse. This impacts 6.5 million paying subscribers, but the total number of Americans unable to easily view a local CBS station is even higher. Failed retransmission consent renewals are to blame.
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Broadcast Groups To FCC: EEO Paperwork Needs ‘Reallotment’

One month ago, the FCC issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking seeking comment on how the Commission can make improvements to equal employment opportunity (EEO) compliance and enforcement. Late Thursday, no less than 82 broadcast groups submitted joint comments in response.

In Maps We Trust: City Change Allows iHeart To Reclaim An FM

To get FCC approval of its plan to emerge from Chapter 11, iHeartMedia agreed to divest two stations -- including one in Brunswick, Ga. A loss of its grandfathered status was to blame. Now, that Georgia FM is returning to iHeart. Here's how a clever move allows it.

A Last-Gasp Attempt To Thwart LRFA?

The Local Radio Freedom Act (LRFA) continues to gain support from both the House of Representatives and the Senate. As such, performance rights group musicFIRST is pleading its supporters to write to their Member of Congress "and keep their name off of LRFA." Why? Support is strong for the Act.

A Harder Highway For Permanently Hushing An FM Translator

Interference disputes between translators and the owners of full-power FM stations (which have primary status over translators) have become more frequent, as more and more translators go online and nip at the edges of listenership to co- and adjacent channel full-powers.

Another Radio Group Suffers A Ransomware Attack

A group of stations in a downstate Illinois market now have something in common with clusters of AMs and FMs owned by Urban One and Townsquare Media. It's not a good thing, as these stations' computer files have been compromised and are essentially useless.

Cumulus Shares Dip On Debt Prepayment News

Cumulus Media has sliced away another portion of its once-towering debt. How did investors react? Cumulus declined sharply across Monday morning trading on Nasdaq, with shares off 3.9% by noon. At the Closing Bell, CMLS was off by 4.3%.

ETM is Down. A Huge Price Gain Awaits.

Seeking Alpha has provided investors with another freshly written analysis of Entercom Communications that speaks highly of where the radio broadcasting company's stock is heading. In fact, it believes that in 18 months the stock price will be very much above where it is today.
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Is TSQ A Hot Dividend Stock?

Simply Wall St., of late, has been asking some keen questions regarding radio broadcasting company stocks. On Friday, it turned its attention to Townsquare Media. Here's its conclusion on whether or not big dividend seeks should invest in TSQ.

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Summer Slowdown: No New Transactions Today

Has it been too hot and steamy for deal making among the nation's media brokers? No new transactions were posted by the FCC on a gloomy, rain-filled Tuesday in Washington, D.C.  As such, we are pleased to report two closings and three STA requests.


Brace Yourself: DirecTV/U-Verse Cuts CBS O&Os

As of 2am Eastern on Saturday, July 20, a litany of subscribers to AT&T-owned DirecTV and U-Verse went into a frenzy. AT&T will be to blame for many. For other furious subscribers, finger-pointing will be directed at the media company rumored to be weeks away from a reunification with Viacom.

A Miami Attorney Drives Into TV Ownership

A Miami-based lawyer who cut his teeth in international law and later obtained a $58 Million verdict leading to control of a TV network has entered broadcast TV ownership. The properties Marcell Felipe is obtaining include a LPTV being sold by LBI Media.
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Nexstar C-Suite Poised To Grow After Expected Tribune Merger

The VP/GM of Nexstar Media Group's two TV stations in Fresno and the VP/GM of the company's KASW-TV in Phoenix are poised to become co-SVP/Regional Managers for Nexstar -- once it completes its expected merger with Tribune Media. One of these individuals is an Entercom alum.

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Now Here: Digital Identity Resolution Across Audio Ad Campaigns

A digital identity resolution company has agreed to participate in a "new joint capability" with digital audio advertising solution firm AdsWizz. The partnership combines Tapad's digital cross-device technology with AdsWizz's AudioMatic buying platform.

This Credit Card Wants Radio Listeners To Discover Its Benefits

There's more stability seen among the top users of spot radio for the week ending July 21, the latest Media Monitors Spot Ten Radio report shows. That said, the advertiser at No. 10 is betting that it can grow its user base by using national AM and FM stations -- and the power of audio. 

Auto Dealers Power Up Summer TV Spots

While GEICO and Progressive remain some of the biggest users of Spot TV, the latest Media Monitors Spot Ten TV report shows several auto deal associations revving up their activity in the week ending July 21.

Starks Selects A Special Advisor

A little bit of Public Knowledge was enough to convince the FCC's newest Commissioner, Geoffrey Starks, to make his selection of a Special Advisor. That organization's Communications Justice Policy Fellow will now be closely working with the Democrat.

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An ex-iHeart Master Control Pro Joins Reidel

Riedel Communications has further strengthened its North American sales presence with the appointment of a regional sales manager for the Southeastern U.S. He was formerly Sales Manager for the Western U.S. and Canada for iHeartMedia.

Two New AKG Professional Studio Headphones Are Released

HARMAN Professional Solutions has dropped its AKG K361 and K371 professional studio headphones, and they are now being shipped to all businesses with a need for the products -- including broadcast radio and TV. 

INOmini Models Transition, With Receiver Phase-Out Complete

Inovonics has completed the transition to a new family of INOmini Monitor-Receivers for AM, FM, NOAA, HD Radio, and DAB+. The current line of INOmini receivers have been phased-out over time to be replaced by the new models.