Is Broadcast TV Done With NATPE?

A big crowd doesn't necessarily translate to big business wheeling and dealing. That's exactly what many NATPE 2019 attendees are saying. Several high-level individuals who spoke with RBR+TVBR both on the record, and off the record, agree that NATPE today is all about OTT, and no longer important for them.

Wall Street: All About OTT, And Ignoring TV?

If there was one key takeaway from a Tuesday morning NATPE 2019 panel session with the title "How Wall Street Watches TV," it was this: Does Wall Street watch television ... or is it in lock-step with Madison Ave. millennials who have gone over-the-top on OTT and the ever-growing "D2C" manner in which video content is being delivered and consumed by U.S. households?

Comscore Score: Full Group Deal With NBC, Telemundo O&Os

As one of the television industry's biggest international executive and program-selling conferences slowly began its first day of sessions and meetings, attendees at NATPE 2019 were delivered a major announcement that came not from the Fontainebleau resort but from an upscale Northern Virginia town close to Dulles International Airport. Just after 9am Eastern, the Reston, Va.-based Comscore revealed that it now has a wider, more comprehensive partnership with Comcast's over-the-air television stations under the NBC and Telemundo banner.

Chapter 11 Plan OK’d For iHeart

The long, bumpy path to an emergence from debtor-in-possession status is officially nearing its terminus for the nation's No. 1 owner of radio stations. On Tuesday, iHeartRadio filed a 210-page redlined version of its organization plan, which it hoped would meet the approval of the bankruptcy judge overseeing its case. That happened.

Introducing A Truly Killer App For The Radio Industry

In the last week, one newly launched app has received a lot of attention and has created some noteworthy buzz. Why? It could absolutely destroy commercial radio's lifeblood -- ad dollars. Introducing Ad Block Radio. We've got an RBR+TVBR Observation on the rollout, which scares one industry vet. 

FCC In The Dark: Rosenworcel On Partial Shutdown

As CNN's Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter notes, the partial shutdown of the Federal government has resulted in a near-cessation of activities at the FCC. How this has impacted the Commission was shared by Jessica Rosenworcel.

Remembering Steve Dodge: CATV, Radio and Tower Pioneer

Steve Dodge, who entered the radio industry some 30 years ago with the 1988 purchase of eight stations and in 1995 sprouted American Tower Corporation, passed away Wednesday evening as a result of a bicycle accident. RBR+TVBR looks back at his incredible achievements in this exclusive retrospective.

Arbitrator To Review Moonves’ CBS Split

There will be no courtroom battle between CBS Corporation and its former President/CEO with respect to his separation agreement with the media company. Rather, binding arbitration is the choice of Les Moonves.

LBI Plan Disclosure Statement Gets Judge’s OK

The Delaware bankruptcy court judge charged with overseeing LBI Media's Chapter 11 restructuring has given his approval to a key document that will likely pave an obstacle-free path to a new start for the Hispanic broadcasting company. On Wednesday, a list of LBI's unsecured creditors surfaced. Among them: a public school district owed thousands of dollars.
Cox Media Group

Two Shrinking Companies, One New Deal

Rumors continue to swirl about the future of Cox Media Group's TV stations. Now, there's even talk that the company wants to deal all of its Dayton holdings. With that backdrop, Cox has inked a new ratings deal with Nielsen -- a company also looking to pare down its assets.
LBI / Liberman Broadcasting, Inc.

Fraud Accusations, Noteholder Nix Claims Lobbed At LBI

It's been a very busy 48 hours in a Delaware federal bankruptcy court, which is reviewing LBI Media's Chapter 11 restructuring petition. Much like top radio company iHeartMedia, LBI Media is engaged in a major tussle with a group of noteholders. They say they're owned millions.

Five Reasons Pandora Is Beating Radio At Its Own Game

Here's a four-minute read that could save your station from lost revenue and/or a decline in listeners in 2019. Why? Pandora's marketing pros are at it again -- this time with a blog post listing the top reasons digital audio "is a must buy." Really? We have an RBR+TVBR Observation for our friends in Oakland.
Brian Wieser

Four Big TV Players Get Updated Financial Models

Brian Wieser, of Pivotal Research Group, has just updated the Wall Street advisory firm's financial models for CBS Corp., Discovery Communications, The Walt Disney Co., and Viacom. Why? He's incorporated year-end 2019 price targets, which are generally higher. It's good news for Viacom shareholders.

Future Thoughts From Young Minds: Fueled By Beasley

A few years ago, before its merger with Greater Media, Beasley Media Group thought about staging a "hackathon" as a way to connect with the Consumer Electronics Show. Its first event came to fruition with CES 2019, and Beasley EVP Buzz Knight calls it a success in this exclusive interview with RBR+TVBR.

The Evolving ‘OTA’ Home: Top Markets, New Trends

As of May 2018, some 16 million homes are considered "OTA." That number is on the rise, and as consumers look for more on-demand and cost-effective options, there's been a resurgence in this type of TV household. A new report from Nielsen is designed to "to really grasp this trend."

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