Empty House Voices OK To ‘Television Viewer Protection Act’

With nary a Member present, an affirmative voice vote came midday Tuesday to the Television Viewer Protection Act. Now comes a needed vote in the U.S. Senate. If passed, the legislation would establish "good faith" negotiation between MVPDs and TV broadcasters, while ending "hidden cable TV fees."

RNN Ignites Deal-Making Market With NRJ Deal

When it comes to deal-making, there are perhaps no two parties who have such a long, entwined history as Richard French's RNN and Ted Bartley's NRJ. In September 2011, RNN and NRJ struck a deal involving a Reading, Pa.-based TV station. Now, RNN is buying back that property -- and other stations owned by NRJ.

New England Mourns Meredith-Owned WFSB’s Iconic Anchor

Television viewers and journalists from across New England are mourning the sudden loss of a popular news anchor. She joined the CBS affiliate serving Connecticut in 1986, and has been a steady presence at the Meredith Corp.-owned station ever since.

What’s Behind Townsquare Media’s Q4 Stock Surge?

If there's one media company with a hot stock set to close out 2019 with a bang, its the entity with a "local first" approach to reaching consumers via broadcast radio, programmatic and digital solutions in small and mid-sized markets across the U.S. That would be Townsquare Media. 

Hey, AT&T TV Customers? Be Prepared To Pay More

Fed up with all of those "blackouts" on DirecTV or U-Verse because of protracted retransmission consent fee negotiations that went sour? Just wait until you see the 2020 price changes AT&T revealed Friday. It puts the blame on "programming costs."

Say Goodbye to the iPhone Dongle?

Attention, radio industry leaders: Apple is moving one step closer to making the next generation of iPhones completely cordless. Consider it the official death knell for activated FM chips in headsets.

With Tech A Top Topic, House Dems Tackle FCC Oversight

An FCC Oversight Hearing occurred Thursday on Capitol Hill. The House Democrats in control of the House Energy & Commerce Committee used the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology session to focus its discussions on 5G rollout and cell phone service.
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FCC Wants Input On The Future Of 87.7 MHz Audio

The FCC's Media Bureau "seeks to update the record" on the operation of such digital LPTV facilities "as ancillary or supplementary services" by opening a docket that could impact Weigel Broadcasting, Almavision and others using their TV facilities primarily for consumption on a radio.

GroupM’s Ad Assessment: TV Soft, Radio ‘Likely’ Flat

"U.S. advertising will grow 6.2% in 2019, to $244 billion." That's part of a seemingly positive report released Tuesday by Brian Wieser, Global President of Business Intelligence at GroupM. Why "seemingly positive?" Digital is, to little surprise, driving the growth.

Political Advertising In 2020: A $10 Billion Windfall

So far, forecasts from GroupM Global President of Business Intelligence Brian Wieser have excluded politics from media spending "because the scale of such activity meaningfully distorts year-over-year growth trends." But, what is the predicted impact of political dollars in 2020? 

Salem To Present At Two Golden State Investor Events

With the company's stock price stuck at its lowest levels since July 2009, executives at Salem Media Group hope to drum up support from institutional investors by presenting at a pair of upcoming investor conferences.

More Park Land In Parkland Means Beasley Sign-Offs

Just north of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., sits a parcel of land that until now has housed the three broadcast towers used by a pair of Beasley Media Group AMs. It's valuable land, and Beasley is cashing out. The result is the silence of the twin facilities.

The Media World Pauses To Remember Robert FX Sillerman

In 1986, the parent company of Radio Ink and RBR+TVBR was founded with the purchase of The Pulse of Radio magazine. The man selling the publication: Robert FX Sillerman. Now, many are remembering Sillerman -- a colorful figure who greatly transformed the radio business.
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Deb McDermott-led Group Enters Radio, Adds TV Properties

In May 2019, Standard Media Group gained the industry's attention for buying TV stations in Providence, R.I., and Lincoln, Neb. Now, it's struck a deal to purchase nine TV stations across six markets. Oh, and it's also buying radio stations, thanks in part to broker of record Kalil & Co.

FCC OKs Foreign Dollars For Cox/Apollo With Deal’s Approval

The Commission late last week issued a Declaratory Ruling allowing for 100% foreign ownership in Terrier Media. That's the entity being created through the acquisition of Cox Media Group and Brian Brady's Northwest Broadcasting by Apollo Global Management — deals the FCC has now approved.

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