‘Regulatory Humility’: The Pai Commission Explained

"An excellent speech" was delivered Wednesday at the Media Institute's Communication Forum Luncheon by FCC General Counsel Tom Johnson. That, at least, was the opinion of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, who praised Johnson for touching on everything from weddings to FM radio.

Violation Confession: Don’t Blame The Inspector

Should a radio or television broadcasting company point fingers at an alternative inspector in cases where violations are found, leading the licensee to fess to the Commission? The latest column from featured columnist Ken Benner shows why doing so is the wrong move.

HD Radio: The Perfect Catalyst For Radio’s Digital Boom

An afternoon spend driving in a car with an HD Radio tuner -- a rarity for our editor-in-chief -- set his mind ablaze with ideas and inspiration. Could any of his ideas spark your stations into fully developing a potential revenue enhancer attracting ears from digital competitors?

Where OTA TV Is Strongest, And With Whom

As of May 2018, some 16 million over-the-air homes are present in the U.S. Nielsen used its data to provide deeper insights into the different types of over-the-air viewers -- and where they are most likely to reside -- in a newly released report.

Hill Hullabaloo Over Broadband’s Title II Classification Kill

The #SubCommTech wing of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday held a hearing on "Preserving an Open Internet for Consumers, Small Businesses, and Free Speech." Democrats and Republicans had something to say. So did TechFreedom, following the hearing.

Making Your Deals Sing: The Lyrical Guide To Top Transactions

In the world of M&A transactions, many are successful … and almost as many fail. Now, think about many of the songs you hear. Joyful, happy songs appear along sad ones. In the second of a two-part report, DEFcom Advisors CEO Doug Ferber offers his “lyrical guide to successful broadcast transactions.”

The Growth and Evolution of OTA TV, As Nielsen Sees It

What does Nielsen know about OTA households? Nielsen recently dived into the data to find out more about them—particularly, how many there are, what they look like and how they consume media. Here are the just-released findings.

Deregulation Furloughed: One Negative Of A Quiet D.C.

Without appropriations, many government programs went dormant. For Boston College Law School associate professor Daniel Lyons, a visiting fellow at conservative D.C. think-tank AEI, there’s a more fundamental problem with the shutdown, which just ended until mid-February: Pruning the regulatory state.

The Media Industry’s ‘Chief Pilot’ For Charity

William O’Shaughnessy is a legendary figure of American broadcasting. Today, he's paying tribute today to a media broker with a heart and soul that "clearly reside in identifying good and worthy causes." Here's why O'Shaughnessy has such great admiration for Dick Foreman.

What Does The Future Hold For Media?

What's the fastest growing connected device category? Duh ... it is smart speakers. But, just what is the dollar value placed on the worth of smart speakers in 2019? That is noteworthy, and is a top finding from Deloitte's 18th edition of its Technology, Media & Telecommunications predictions.

Video Ad Trends Expected To Arrive In 2019

What are the latest video advertising trends media buyers and sellers should expect to see this year? We have the details of a new report devoted to the subject, and it is chock-full of predictions around new offerings in OTT, traditional TV transformation, data activation, and new privacy regulations.
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When You Watch, Are You Alone?

So much for those giant-size, wall-mounted televisions. More and more Americans are watching video content, whether it is TV shows, movies or short video, on their smartphones. And, new research from MRI's Cord Evolution report shows that Americans watch TV or video in groups a lot more than you may think.

How S&P’s Intelligence Team Views Multichannel In ’19

In its 2018 outlook, S&P Global Market Intelligence predicted further market share gains for cable broadband, "mopping up telco's protracted transition away from copper." What does 2019 look like for the multichannel marketplace? "Turbulence" is a headline offered by market intelligence experts Tony Lenoir, Ian Olgeirson, Neil Barbour and Kamran Asaf.

How Automation Can Rev Return On TV Ad Inventory

One of the biggest issues that continues to negatively impact digital advertising is the lack of end-to-end transparency on the buy- and sell-sides about the true effectiveness of ad campaigns. This trend will only continue to compound, says Videa SVP/Revenue & Operations Brad Smith, as more data sets are added to the ever complicated equation for success. 

For Don … ‘An American Broadcasting Legend’

Donald J. Vucasovich is a name that's not widely known among radio historians or, for that matter, many who believe they know a thing or two about the "legends" of broadcasting. Media Information Bureau featured columnist Ken Benner feels otherwise, and offers this tribute to a most gifted individual whose career includes many years on the AM radio dial in Big Sky country.

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