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The InFOCUS Podcast: Davina Sashkin

The U.S. Supreme Court for exactly 82 minutes on Tuesday morning heard a consolidated oral argument in "FCC v. Prometheus Radio Project," the Commission's appeal of a lower court's remand of its cross-ownership media rule rewrite. Fletcher Heald & Hildreth attorney Davina Sashkin provides an exclusive analysis of what transpired in this podcast, presented by DOT.FM. LISTEN HERE
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Scripps Clarifies Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Commitment

Over the long MLK Day holiday weekend, a report from one Wall Street observer that claimed noted investor Warren Buffet had snagged "a 24.9% passive stake" in The E.W. Scripps Co. attracted much attention, including that of RBR+TVBR. Scripps now says that's not what's happening. Rather, Buffett is helping Scripps out with its ION Media purchase.
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NATPE Virtual Miami 2021 Starts For a Global Audience

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NATPE Miami conference is a virtual affair. And, it kicks off Tuesday (1/19) with four days of sessions that very much includes production -- in addition to content, research and investment.
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Localism vs. Diversity: The FCC’s TV News Dilemma

What is the relationship between the number of independent local television news operations in a market and the size of the market, as measured by number of television households? That's a question two members of the FCC's Office of Economics and Analytics have addressed in a "Working Paper" that points to further DMA-level consolidation of news operations.

Locast Adds Another Market, Just In Time For Packers Fans

The controversial donation-based local broadcast TV streaming service that bills itself as a "digital translator" has entered yet another market. This time, Locast is planting stakes in Wisconsin — a timely move for Green Bay Packers fans looking forward to viewing their next National Football League playoff match.

Beasley Commences Notes Offering

A wholly owned subsidiary of Beasley Media Group said Tuesday that it intends to offer millions of dollars in aggregate principal amount of senior secured notes, subject to market and other conditions. Why? It is a "new debt for old debt" move from the Southwest Florida-based media company.
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A Broadband Antenna, RF System Finally Arrive In Puerto Rico

For a generation of Puerto Ricans, "Alfa Rock 106" was the home for rock and roll music. Times change, and just after midnight on March 3, 2018, WCAD-FM concluded its broadcast era. Just before Christmas 2018, the station was reborn, later taking new call letters that better reflect its current programming. Now, it's installed a listener-funded Dielectric DCR-M. 

A Radio App For A Smartwatch Arrives … But Not In the USA?

The first radio app to be compatible with one of the world's more popular brands of smart watches has been released for international consumption. But, radio broadcasters in the U.S. shouldn't get too excited about it. The smart watch manufacturer has been branded by Washington Republicans as an agent of the People's Republic of China.

Cogeco Sees Radio Revenue Improvements In Fiscal Q1

The revenue decline remains in the double digits. But, the results point to a good, if not great, quarter-by-quarter recovery from the worst of the COVID-19 pandemic's economic carnage on broadcast radio in Canada. That's the story Montréal-based Cogeco is sharing with respect to its just-released fiscal Q1 2021 results.
Corus Entertainment's Toronto headquarters, as of January 2020

Radio Drags Corus In Fiscal Q1 ’21

It's a nation where political dollars weren't a factor in quarterly earnings growth. Yet, television segment income was up despite a dip in revenue for Canadian media company Corus. This helped Corus achieve flat earnings per share in the fiscal first quarter of 2021, as net income only slightly decreased. The bigger issue for the company is Radio.

The DOJ Won’t Amend ASCAP, BMI Consent Decrees

Speaking at a virtual event hosted by Vanderbilt University Law School in Nashville, U.S. Asst. Attorney General Makan Delrahim made it known that the Department of Justice does not plan to take action on the consent decrees governing the performance royalty organizations ASCAP and BMI. Among the first to cheer is NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith.

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Tutt Puts N.C. LPTV Into New Hands

Travel between Rocky Mount and Wilmington, N.C., along U.S. 258, and you'll come across the picturesque city of Kinston, in Lenoir County. Here, a low-powered TV station is being sold by Tutt Media Group.

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Frontier’s Chapter 11 Approved By FCC

It remains in a battle with Gray Television over the carriage on one of its legacy TV services of a ABC affiliate within the vast Tampa-St. Petersburg DMA. Now, that fight could be taking perhaps a positive spin -- if good vibes from the C-Suite find their way into retrans negotiation. Frontier has emerged from federal bankruptcy protection.
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A Sinclair ABC Affiliate Adds Local News

As of today, the ABC affiliate serving the Triad region of North Carolina is getting its own newscasts at 6pm and 11pm. It brings Greensboro and Winston Salem "a fresh perspective on local news," the News Director for the Sinclair Broadcast Group-owned station says.

‘The National Desk’ Ready For MLK Day Launch

It already has an active Twitter feed full of general interest news. On Monday, it will get its broadcast TV premiere as a new entrant in one of the last ultra-competitive dayparts for television and radio — morning drive. "The National Desk" is all set and ready for launch from Sinclair Broadcast Group.

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A New Pioneer In-Dash Receiver, For Space-Challenged Rides

Pioneer Electronics USA has used the all-virtual CES 2021 conference to debut its newest modular solutions in-dash receiver. It's hardware that is designed to provide vehicles with limited or restricted dash space an in-dash upgrade solution.
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