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Gigi Sohn

Sohn Recuse Agreement Scores NAB Approval

Gigi Sohn as a FCC Commissioner would sit out on matters involving retransmission consent or TV broadcast copyright for the first three years of her term. She has also agreed to recuse herself for four years from a docket concerning retransmission consent.

This RBR+TVBR Webinar Will Help Bridge OTT and Linear TV

The Radio + Television Business Report is pleased to offer insight and intelligence on the power of combining OTT and linear television opportunities on February 10 in a webinar presentation in partnership with Compulse. REGISTER NOW!
US Congress

February 2: A Big Day For Radio on Capitol Hill

The Senate Commerce Committee will consider the nomination of a highly controversial figure the Biden Administration wants seated as the fifth FCC Commissioner. At the same time, the House Judiciary Committee is moving forward with consideration of proposed legislation that would impose a tiered royalty structure on music played on AM and FM radio stations across the U.S.
Chad Matthews

Matthews Appointed President of ABC Owned Stations

As of today, there's a new individual charged with overseeing the day-to-day management for the eight ABC-owned television stations owned by The Walt Disney Company.

Collura Captures CBS/Sacramento’s Top Spot

A veteran local media executive who most recently served as VP/GM of the CBS affiliate in Atlanta recently transferred to Gray Television through its merger with Meredith Corporation has returned to the Golden State capital affectionally called by some as Cowtown.

Are Supply Chain Woes Putting Nielsen Sample Targets At Risk?

According to a media report, Nielsen has just informed its clients that getting Portable People Meters (PPMs) has become problematic. As such, reaching its sample targets won't likely happen. A Nielsen spokesperson did not immediately respond to RBR+TVBR's request for comment.
Ed Christian, Saga Communications CEO

Ed Christian Stays With Saga A Little Longer

As of January 25, the President/CEO and Chairman of the Board of radio broadcasting industry pure-play Saga Communications has a new compensation and employment agreement with the company he leads.

Entravision’s Long-Awaited AZ Dial Change Inches Forward

On July 23, 2019, Entravision Communications filed an application proposing to upgrade one of its stations. It is still waiting to do so. But, it is one step closer to this goal — one that sees the station's simulcast partner moving ever-closer to claiming the 106.7 MHz on the west side of the Valley of the Sun. It is thanks to a Memorandum Opinion and Order issued this week by the FCC.

Roger Wahl Gets a Rescheduled Pre-ALJ Hearing Conference

A new date has been put on the calendar for this all-important event, which could be Wahl's last gasp at holding on to ownership of his Pennsylvania FM radio station.

Podchaser Partners With Audacy on Podcasting Insights

The podcast database says it is partnering with and "enhancing" the podcasting capabilities of Audacy, the audio content and entertainment creator and distributor formerly known as Entercom.

A Bumpy Start to 2022 For Beasley Stock

With Beasley poised to release its Q4 and full-year 2021 fiscal results within the next 2 weeks, BBGI is showing particular weakness on the Nasdaq market. As of midday Wednesday, a new 52-week low was taking shape. At the Closing Bell, a 1-cent gain was eked out.

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Major Keystone Engages in a Keystone State Swap

An asset exchange agreement has been reached that will see the licensee of two Pennsylvania AM radio stations and an FM translator trade the properties in exchange of two different AMs and a pair of associated translators. 

Perry Sook

A Big Dividend Bump for Nexstar

Nexstar Media Group’s Board of Directors have taken an action that’s become something of a rarity in the broadcast media world.

A New Locale Awaits For Long-Held NAB Show LPTV Event

For more than four decades, the Westgate Resort Hotel — formerly the Las Vegas Hilton — has played host to the low-power TV industry association's "LPTV Reception" held in concert with the annual NAB Show. This year, with non-NAB events filling the booking calendar at the Westgate, the popular event has been moved to the other side of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

Media Rating Council Sets The Record Straight On VAB/Nielsen Spat

A 22-page VAB PowerPoint presentation that seeks to place a spotlight on the "billions of lost TV impressions" it believes are linked to a Nielsen undercount of television audiences between September 2020 and December 2021 has come under scrutiny by the Media Rating Council.

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Rosemary Ravinal

Ten Steps To Situate Yourself In a 3×3 Grid

"The way your face and body appear on a Zoom call can cast the wrong first impression," notes PR veteran and "Zoom expert" Rosemary Ravinal. As she writes in this fresh column, "The rule of thirds will help you set up your video, so you show up on the screen looking professional, alert, and ready to do business."
Local BTV

The InFOCUS Podcast: Jim Long, LocalBTV

Is it a folly, with a big hurdle ahead as it needs to ink retransmission consent agreements to come close to what the now-shuttered Locast offered, but legally? Or, can it be successful as a "virtual over-the-air" TV service focused on digital multicast channels and PBS Member stations? Those questions and more are asked of LocalBTV founder and CEO Jim Long. LISTEN HERE

MFM CFO Summit Returns With In-Person Event

Additionally, MFM has selected co-chairs and agenda for the annual summit, which will once again be held at the Grand Pelican Resort in Ft. Lauderdale. The sessions in the two-day summit include a state of the industry presented by Mark Fratrik, SVP & Chief Economist at BIA Kelsey.
Jessica Rosenworcel

Rosenworcel’s Next Move: ‘Cleaning Up’ FCC Radio Rules

As FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel sees it, the Commission’s current rules for full-power and translator radio stations "contain a number of provisions that are redundant, outdated, or in conflict with other rules." Come February 18, she plans to do something about that.

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The NextGenTV team sets up its booth at the Las Vegas Convention Center for CES 2022

NEXTGEN TV Arrives In TitleTown USA

ATSC 3.0-delivered next-generation TV signals, promising better sound and picture and improved reception, has been launched in the professional home — at least for today — of NFL star Aaron Rodgers.

The InFOCUS Podcast: Jim Jachetta, VidOvation

At-home production and REMI — an acronym that non-tech leaders may not know — have grown in importance over the last several years. It was only accelerated by the pandemic. Thus, having Jim Jachetta, EVP/Chief Technology Officer of VidOvation, as Adam R Jacobson's guest on the latest InFOCUS Podcast couldn't be timelier.  LISTEN HERE

Mr. Master Has a New Owner

It's known across the radio industry for its compliance and content distribution software that provides stations products designed to reach total ad accountability. Now, it is joining a portfolio of media companies including vCreative and Counterpoint Software.