Even With A Coronavirus Crisis, Future TV Sports Rights Will Soar

Given the current economic and industry uncertainty impacting media owners, are NFL’s network partners rushing back to the bargaining table any time soon? Wall Street analyst Michael Nathanson is asking and it's unclear to him. That said, there is one thing MoffettNathanson has noticed: the cost of NFL rights is certain to sky-rocket for the three broadcast networks that own the rights.

Benner On Washington: ‘The Legal Virus Related To Broadcasting’

While the world deals with the coronavirus pandemic, columnist Ken Benner takes a break from his self-imposed quarantine to discuss another "virus" he believes has enriched many D.C. technocrats. "Most of what concerns me and a few thousand others involved with broadcasting is readily available in the Code of Federal Regulations, parts 70-79," Benner says.

The Near- and Mid-Term Impact of COVID-19 on Entertainment

The spread of COVID-19, and the responses of industry and governments alike, is unprecedented. It is, however, the restrictions on movement of people along with the response of consumers and investors that is causing the biggest disruption and will have the most impact on entertainment businesses. Here, MIDiA explores the potential near- and mid-term impact of COVID-19 the sector.

A Benefit For All, Thanks to iHeartMedia

iHeartMedia is receiving praise for pulling off one of the greatest feats in recent television history, at a time of unprecedented need. Much of the thanks should be directed to Tom Poleman, the President of the company's national programming group.

Local TV News: The Info Medium Of Choice In COVID-19 Times

As concerns and restrictions around the novel coronavirus heighten in the U.S., consumers are gravitating to local news outlets to stay informed about the impact of the pandemic on their communities. While the U.S. began to experience the impact later than other parts of the world, a recent Nielsen analysis highlights a notable spike in local news viewing.

‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ … But Will Radio Be There?

In this RBR+TVBR Observation, our Editor-in-Chief hails a show of unity among radio stations in Europe and Great Britain seen Friday morning — a move designed to lift listener morale as millions of radio consumers have shifted their usual routines, and social lives -- to help combat the further spread of the coronavirus. He also asks why U.S. radio broadcasters haven't done the same.

Can Esports Fill the Gap Left by Sport Fixture Disruption?

The worldwide coronavirus outbreak is forcing sports fans to stay at home, leading consumers to be in more desperate need of entertainment content during quarantines. With broadcasting scheduling being left practically barren, an opportunity arises for fans to view digital allegories of their favorite sports, says Futuresource Consulting. They say it is through esports.

Five Things SMBs Can Do Now To Grow Business

Could there be some "silver linings" regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, which has led to business closures and layoffs across multiple industries? Guest columnists William Nye and Kaleigh Drew say yes, and offer suggestions on what small businesses may wish to do today to grow their business. Radio and TV GSMs may wish to take note.
Valerie Geller

In Case of Emergency: Tips For Broadcast Media

On February 19, 2010, RBR+TVBR offered readers the first in a series of columns designed to provide radio and TV stations of all sizes the information they needed to stay prepared in a time of crisis. That time, sadly, is now. We are pleased to offer our readers this edited encore presentation of a column penned by Valerie Geller that remains highly pertinent today.

Six Smart Interview Questions For Sales Candidate Interviews

Great sales reps require a few extra interview questions. "Remember, they're interviewing you as much as you are them," notes expert sales training coach Barrett Riddleberger. In this column, Riddleberger offers some questions he suggests managers add to their list today.

Three Things That Will Shape the Future of Housing

The future of real estate will be "significantly influenced" by three of the most important consumer groups to radio and television broadcasters, according to an analysis of first names on 2018 home sales deeds.

Voice Assistants: Reshaping How America Shops

Interested in the rise of voice shopping, online marketplace OnBuy.com analyzed findings from ‘VoiceBot.AI’, who surveyed 1,203 U.S. consumers to better understand the products and services they buy the most using a voice-assistant. Here's what they found.

Benner On Washington: ‘Just Pay The FCC Fine — Or…’

Media Information Bureau featured columnist Ken Benner tells us that many, many classic examples of very questionable FCC fines, fees, forfeitures and legal expenses exist. And, apparently not even death is a defense against such charges.
Kids watching TV

Are Kids Really Engaging with Your TV Content?

New research shows that nearly 60% of children are multi-tasking while watching TV - an increase of just over half when compared to the same survey conducted six months prior. While the results indicate that TV is still the dominant platform for TV and video viewing, it raises questions around current engagement levels in a multi-platform world.

Benner on Washington: ‘Fear Not the FCC Inspectors’

From Day One in 1995, Ken Benner believed it was essential to document all of the items involved with conducting "mock" broadcast inspections. There are two very important reasons for this. "First was to protect myself from efforts to discredit my performance," Benner says. "The second was to evaluate suggested improvements to the program I offered."

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