The Spectrum/TEGNA Retrans Tango Concludes

The television broadcasting company formerly known as Gannett fended off a “blackout” of its stations across all Spectrum cable TV markets. The Charter Communications MVPD didn’t block its subscribers from receiving the channels.
COX Communications

FOX and Cox Reach a Retrans Deal

With TEGNA OK with Charter's Spectrum on a new retrans deal, Fox Corporation can celebrate the prevention of a "blackout" of its stations on another major national MVPD.

Radio’s Top Leaders, Amid The Masters Of Marketing

The 2019 ANA Masters of Marketing conference began Wednesday and concludes Saturday morning, and there's something noticeably different at this A-level ad industry event, compared to a decade ago. Radio is very visible as an industry, and so are some of its biggest leaders.

Masters Of Marketing: Moving Forward With Audio

One of the world's top conferences, the ANA Masters of Marketing, wraps up Saturday at the Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando. Is broadcast media on the minds of some of the world's top brand managers? One decision maker noted audio's renaissance. But, he has questions about podcast metrics.

GMR Sues Entravision For Copyright Infringement

The Irving Azoff-founded music rights organization that has caused mild headaches for many radio broadcasting companies has launched a full-fledged legal fight against one of the biggest Hispanic media companies in the U.S. Yet, the lawsuit appears centered on stations that played Classic Rock tunes.

A Census Projection Preview: What It Means for Media

The Census Bureau will release new, updated U.S. national scope population projections to 2060 on October 10. Ahead of the release, consultancy ProximityOne has knit together diverse data it gathered to provide a preview of what the U.S. will look like in 2060. Poor Chicago.
Sports

Nielsen’s ¡Gooooool!: Sports Fan Insights Interest

With so much riding on sports media's success, a new global, connected online platform from Nielsen designed to service sports properties, sponsor brands and event organizers could be of high interest for those in the C-Suite all the way down to the sponsorship and sales specialist at a local station.

AMP Permanently Unplugged In Wichita

Monte Miller said the sale of a group of radio stations owned by his Rocking M Media was off; AMP disagreed. Now, AMP confirms that a resolution with Rocking M could not be reached for the Wichita properties it thought it was buying. All staff have been dismissed; the escrow payment is in limbo.

Translator Surge, UHF Growth: The Latest FCC Station Totals

Don't think for a minute that broadcasters have quenched their thirst for FM translators or a booster. The number of translators and boosters surged again in the third quarter, just-released stations totals from the FCC show.

Byron Allen Grabs Bob Prather’s Eleven Broadcast TV Stations

Forty years ago, Byron Allen was part of a team of anchor/reporters on what was perhaps one of the first reality series to air in prime-time, NBC's "Real People." Now, he's a media mogul who is adding more broadcast TV properties to his empire of assets.

Appeals Court’s ‘RIFO’ Affirmation: D.C.’s Partisan Reaction

The much-watched Mozilla v. FCC case was decided on Tuesday by a D.C. Federal Appeals Court. Petitions sought to return Title II classification for broadband services, something the Wheeler Commission passed on party lines in 2015 and was erased by the Pai Commission. Those who want "net neutrality" back won't be pleased.

Comscore Stock Dips Anew Following SEC Fraud Penalty

Just when it seemed Comscore shares were in recovery mode, the audience measurement company's stock once again moved in the opposite direction. The latest problem for Comscore: A $5 million penalty for fraudulently inflating its revenue by $50 million between 2014 and 2016.
FOX

DISH, By Law, Blocks FOX O&Os, RSNs In Latest Retrans Scuffle

Fox Corporation has become the latest broadcast TV station owner to see its channels blocked by a MVPD thanks to a retrans consent squabble. This time, DISH is the provider preventing its subscribers from watching any channel -- over-the-air or cable -- owned by Fox.

Forward-Thinking TV: Retrans Warning, Next-Gen Love

In an address Thursday morning at the TVB Forward conference, Wolfe Research analyst Marci Ryvicker offered her take on where the TV industry is heading. She told it like it is: rising retrans revenue could ultimately harm the industry, but ATSC 3.0 is a huge plus, long term.

With Third Circuit Cross-Ownership Rule Nix, What’s Next?

There's general apprehension among radio industry executives attending the 2019 Radio Show in regard to the state of the dealmaking market in the wake of the Third Circuit appeals' court nix of the FCC's cross-ownership rules. Is that concern justified, or premature?

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