Congress to DirecTV: Every DMA Needs Their Local TV

AT&T's DirecTV promised more than a decade ago to carry all of the local TV station in each of the nation's 210 DMAs. However, it still hasn't fulfilled this pledge, and Sen. Jon Tester -- along with three other Senators -- have asked when they plan to finally act.

FCC OKs Radio, LPTV Repack Cash

Long-awaited funds designed to reimburse owners of FM radio stations and certain LPTV and TV translator stations for expenses incurred as a result of the FCC's post-incentive auction repack process will soon be on the way from the Federal government.

What’s The Analyst View On Nexstar’s Next Chapter?

A merger with Tribune Broadcasting is all but a lock. Its shares are trading at a record high. It's great to be a Nexstar shareholder, right? Here's what top Wall Street analysts have to say about the company founded in Scranton, Pa., by Perry Sook.

Hispanic Radio Podcast: Regional Mexican’s Leading Role

Are marketers and advertisers still gun-shy about placing a media buy with a regional Mexican station, given the "sexiness" of reggaetón and "trap" artists and the global pop stars more universally known by CMOs and brand managers? Not in California.
LBI / Liberman Broadcasting, Inc.

Judge Nixes LBI Media Automatic Stay Enforcement Ask

On February 26, the owner of Liberman Broadcasting and the Estrella TV network asked the Delaware bankruptcy court overseeing its restructuring proceeding to enforce an automatic stay, per a January 30 motion. Junior noteholders protested. The judge agreed with them.
Townsquare Media Group

Adjusted, Affirmative: Net Income Rises For TSQ

"We are very proud of the results from Q4 but even more excited about how our 2019 has started and what is ahead for the Townsquare team," CEO Bill Wilson told RBR+TVBR ahead of his company's fourth-quarter and full-year 2018 earnings results call.

Entercom Brings Back A Second Lily Pad For ‘Froggy’

There's no longer any concern about a loss of listeners in an area of NE PA where Entercom sold a Class A FM to meet regulatory approval for its merger with CBS Radio. That's because an FM translator will soon serve as this station's replacement.

Strong Growth, Bright Future, Bargain Buy: Entercom

What does one financial analyst who in July 2018 declared that Entercom “will be a multi-bagger” over the next three to five years think of his prognostication today? "The results were exactly on point," Gregory Vousvouis says, confirming his revenue and profit expansion thesis.

Is Nexstar Guilty Of A Good Faith Fail?

Retransmission consent is a thorny thing, especially in recent years. Now, one operator is claiming Nexstar has failed to negotiate retransmission consent rights in good faith. Here's the rub: This MVPD hasn't even started offering services yet.
Cox Media Group

Price Revealed For Cox Media’s Apollo Plan

On February 15, Apollo Global Management said it would take a majority interest in Cox Media Group's TV stations, the Dayton Daily News, and CMG’s radio properties in the Miami Valley. On Wednesday, a dollar figure in the billions became known.

Hispanic Radio Podcast: United, Euphoric Growth

Those who still believe Univision Communications isn't committed to radio may wish to squelch such talk. With the unification of the company's music and audio properties under its Uforia brand, Univision Radio has made an emphatic statement that it is in it to win it.

Radio, Delivered Everywhere: Entercom’s Digital Plan

As part of Entercom's acquisition of CBS Radio, legendary spoken word stations in the nation's biggest markets became siblings to an already formidable portfolio of AMs and FMs across the U.S. But, the diamond in the rough in this deal just may be, which has been reborn under the leadership of J.D. Crowley.

Gray’s Old Dominion Upgrade: A Win From Waterman

In a major move, Gray Television is acquiring a highly successful NBC affiliate in a big college town from Waterman Broadcasting. As a result, the CBS, ABC and FOX stations in this market, which it presently controls, are being sold, with Gray stressing it will not have any involvement.

Comment Time: FCC Now Accepting Rule Review Ideas

The FCC has set the Comment Date and Reply Comment Date for "MB Docket No. 18-349" -- its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking that commences the agency's 2018 quadrennial review of its media ownership rules. Here's all of the information you'll want to know.
E.W. Scripps Company

Priority One For Scripps: More TV Stations?

With Cox Media Group's TV stations being shifted to a new entity with Apollo Group getting majority interest, is The E.W. Scripps Co. in a position to grow its stable of stations? That was a question addressed to Scripps' CEO during the company's Q4 2018 call, which also revealed the end of 'Pickler & Ben.'

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