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Michael Nathanson

TV’s Long-Term Ad Growth: Reliant on AVOD?

You've heard the reports about the demand in the 2021 Upfront season being quite strong. But, there's an ugly truth that MoffettNathanson Senior Analyst Michael Nathanson can't get past. Starting in 2015, TV ad spend, most likely due to declining cable network impressions, has "decoupled" from U.S. economic growth. The erosion forecast isn't pretty.
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One Month To Go For LPTV Construction Deadline

Today's sale of several unbuilt LPTV stations by DTV America, controlled by HC2 Holdings, is just one of many seen over the past several weeks. More could be on the way, as the Media Bureau has just issued a reminder to "certain permittees" of new digital LPTV translator stations that their construction deadline is fast approaching.

FCC Grants A ‘Franken FM’ STA, Saving ‘Channel 6’ Audio

In a decision that could eventually extend the life of "Franken FM" facilities across the U.S., the FCC has granted Special Temporary Authority for the use of a FM radio signal alongside its ATSC 3.0 TV signal for VHF Channel 6 — thus allowing the low-power facilities to continue operation as an audio-first media entity, for now.
Philip Falcone

Philip Falcone’s New Venture Grabs a Big LPTV Station

Nearly one year ago, Philip Falcone exited HC2 Holdings Inc. under some not-so-favorable circumstances. Today, HC2 is very much in his past. Falcone is now at the helm of Sovryn Holdings, and its just snagged its latest big-market LPTV property.

Despite Pandemic, TV Ad Revenues Shine In 2020

Political advertising accounted for $4.4 billion in 2020 to deliver what BIA calls "a softer landing to an otherwise negatively impacted industry." What was the year-over-year dip for core advertising? It was bad. But, it could've been worse.

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Radio’s Growth Trend: An Ugly Portrait from MoffettNathanson

Fueled by stronger than anticipated digital advertising results, respected Wall Street financial analysts at MoffettNathanson are raising its 2021 overall U.S. ad growth estimate. This will be partially offset by lower than expected broadcast and cable advertising. But, what do the radio advertising trends look like?

Countdown To 100 Years: WBZ Ready For Big Celebration

On September 19, 1921, one of America's oldest radio stations will celebrate its 100th anniversary. On June 11, the 100 day countdown to a century of serving New England began for a station currently offering an all-News format, owned today by iHeartMedia.

Standard General-Emmis Radio Partnership Creates A C-Suite

A former Urban One executive is moving into the C-Suite at MediaCo — the New York partnership between Emmis Communications and Soohyung Kim-led Standard General. At the same time, Mediaco is naming a President and Chief Operating Officer.

‘A Multi-Platform Leader In Audio, Contending With Debt’

That's how a self-described "a lapsed economist based in Canada" turned financial blogger describes the audio media company formerly known as Entercom.

Is iHeart Seeking to Snuff Global’s Equity Wish With a Faulty Argument?

The nation's biggest AM and FM licensee argues that the FCC can only consider its views in determining what level of advance approval a foreign entity may be granted. That's incorrect, the financial backer of one of the U.K.'s biggest audio media companies now says. It signals iHeartMedia's unwillingness to allow U.K.-based Global to take nearly half of its ownership.
Nate Adams

The InFOCUS Podcast: Nate Adams, WRSA/Huntsville

He's in charge of sales for a standalone station in Market No. 108, a city that is dominated by three big companies. How is "Mix 96.9" in Huntsville, Ala., able to survive and thrive, in particular today? That's just one question GM and GSM Nate Adams tackles in this new InFOCUS Podcast, presented by dot.FM. LISTEN HERE

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A North Country Deal Sealed For Randy Michaels

It signed on the air in 2009 as a Class A FM serving the Adirondack Mountains town of Saranac Lake, N.Y. Now, a deal is in the works sending the Class A to a new licensee. It sees noted longtime media executive turned licensee Randy Michaels agreeing to its sale.

HC2-Controlled LPTV Licensee Spins More Stations

DTV America Corp. has of late been an entity fully controlled by HC2 Holdings, today led by Wayne Barr and until nearly a year ago by Philip Falcone. As part of a capital-raising campaign led by HC2's current leadership, DTV is spinning a group of low-powered TV stations in various locales. 

A Christian LPTV Operator Spins In Sin City

A low-powered TV station licensed to serve Las Vegas has just been sold. The seller is a non-profit evangelical Christian broadcast ministry based in Texas that serves Spanish-speaking audiences.
Entravision Communications Corporation

With Digital Driving Dollars, Entravision Expands To Asia

Until now, Entravision Communications Corp. has largely been known as a Hispanic-focused multimedia company with revenues fueled by strong digital growth, primarily across Spanish-speaking territories. Not anymore, come July 1.

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Carolyn Everson

A Top Facebook Ad Exec Exits

As June 9 began, a five-sentence Facebook post was made by one of its users. It generated 960 comments. Why? The post was made by Facebook's VP of its Global Business Group, the social media Goliath's No. 1 face on Madison Avenue. After a decade in the role, Carolyn Everson is exiting.

TEGNA’s ‘Cross-Platform, Closed-Loop Measurement and Attribution Choice’

TEGNA has made a decision on what company to use to power its needs for "cross-platform, closed-loop measurement and attribution." It is a deal for which the broadcast TV station owner aims to achieve incremental reach and web, location and app outcomes for local data-driven linear television and CTV and OTT campaigns.

SMI Unveils A ‘Pricing Intelligence Suite’

Advertising intelligence company Standard Media Index (SMI) has brought to the marketplace a "Pricing Intelligence Suite," which includes Digital CPM for streaming video as well as Traditional and Advanced Audience eCPM (effective CPM) for Linear TV.

Coming in August: A National Emergency Alerting Test

The FCC's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau has confirmed that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), in coordination with the Commission, has selected the day it will conduct a nationwide test of the EAS and Wireless Emergency Alerts.

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Derek Chang

Friend MTS Founder Shifts As New CEO Is Revealed

A global provider of content protection technology products developed for the media and content owners, broadcasters and operators has tapped a seasoned industry executive as its new CEO. He previously served as the chief executive of NBA China.

With Wedel’s Adthos Launch, An Onboarding Manager Is Hired

Wedel Software has hired an Onboarding Manager for its new Adthos Platform. It's an individual with some 30 years of industry experience and has, by his own admission, held just about every radio station role within that time.

Tightrope Expands Screenweave Mobile and OTT Media Apps

Complementing existing Roku and Apple TV support, a new Screenweave app brings content from Tightrope’s Cablecast Community Media platform immediately to Amazon Fire TV devices. Screenweave apps for Android TV devices as well as Android and iOS smartphones and tablets will follow in the coming months.
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