Comparable Worries? Smartphone Eclipses TV In Key Demo

Nielsen yesterday released its top-line findings from its Q4 2016 Comparable Metrics Report, and the overall picture is a rosy one for the TV industry. However, the portrait requires a closer look. There's some significant issues in a key advertiser demo for TV, and we've got an RBR + TVBR Observation on how AMC Networks may be a big giant ostrich in the C-Suite Zoo.
David Field

Why Is Wall Street Picking On Entercom?

With its tax-free, Reverse Morris Trust-fueled merger with CBS Radio on track, one would think Entercom and its leader, David Field, would be the new darlings of Wall Street. As Wells Fargo Securities Senior Analyst Marci Ryvicker notes in RBR+TVBR's Spring 2017 NAB Show Special Report, Field will be the radio industry's "clear leader" following the deal's closing. Why, then, is Zacks Equity Research asking if Entercom is "positioned for a slump?" Perhaps a dividend analysis from Capital Cube can point to the answers.
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Are ‘Fair Play’ And ‘PROMOTE’ Plans DOA In Congress?

With Capitol Hill set to enjoy a long Memorial Day weekend full of cool temperatures and predictions of rain and thunderstorms, forces other than Mother Nature appear to have put a damper on two pieces of legislation that would institute a "tax" on the airplay of recorded music for radio stations across the U.S.

iHeartExtensions: More Time Given For Notes Swaps

On Wednesday, March 15, iHeartCommunications engaged in a somewhat complex series of private offers to its bondholders. Specifically, holders of its “Five Series of Priority Guarantee Notes” and its Senior Notes Due 2021 were called on to turn in those notes, and exchange them for new securities in connection with “a proposed global restructuring of its indebtedness.” How's that going? Less than 1% of the exchange notes have been tendered.

Two Consent Decrees For Cochise

Cochise Media Licenses has received a pair of "gifts" ahead of the Memorial Day weekend from the FCC. They're Consent Decrees, with one ordering the operation to donate the license for an FM in the Grand Canyon State to a non-profit organization.

From The Portals To The House: Colwell Takes House E&C Role

Ahead of the Memorial Day weekend, the powerful House Energy & Commerce Committee unveiled its two latest staff members. One returns to Capitol Hill after a 13-year career in the private sector. The other individual jumps from the FCC, where this person has served as Chief of Staff and Senior Legal Advisor to Commissioner Michael O'Rielly since December 2014.

CBS Radio Votes For Veritone Ahead Of Entercom Merger

The agreement gives CBS Radio a license to the Veritone platform, enabling the division of CBS Corp. to integrate artificial intelligence-based cognitive computing to seamlessly and automatically process, transform and analyze audio data.

Will Other Companies React To Cumulus’ Quarterly Incentive Plan?

The No. 2 broadcast radio company by number of stations late Wednesday made a revelation by way of an SEC filing. On May 18, Cumulus Media's Board of Directors shifted to a quarterly incentive plan for its key executives. With the broadcast radio business once again fragile due to soft comps in a non-political year, could other companies follow a similar—yet uncommon—approach to bonus pay?

iHeart Sets Another Digital PD, For Virginia/Carolina Region

The role of Digital Program Director has grown in importance for many broadcast radio companies, including iHeartMedia. The nation's top owner of AMs and FMs by station count just appointed another individual to its growing roster of employees bearing this title, as Rob Whiteside will now serve in the role for its Virginia/Carolina Region, effective immediately.

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Board Changes At Volunteer State University Ops

The FCC has been asked to grant approval for the transfer of control of a Volunteer State public university's stations from its present board to an entirely new board of trustees. It's a good reminder for other noncomms that may see a 100% voting change in their leadership board.

Mega TV Gets FCC Market Modification Nod

The television market of WSBS-22 in Key West, Fla., the station used by Spanish Broadcasting System as the flagship for its Mega TV mini-network, will now include 41 cable communities in the Miami-Ft. Lauderdale DMA, thanks to an FCC Media Bureau Order released today.

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From The Portals To The House: Colwell Takes House E&C Role

Ahead of the Memorial Day weekend, the powerful House Energy & Commerce Committee unveiled its two latest staff members. One returns to Capitol Hill after a 13-year career in the private sector. The other individual jumps from the FCC, where this person has served as Chief of Staff and Senior Legal Advisor to Commissioner Michael O'Rielly since December 2014.

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Comparable Worries? Smartphone Eclipses TV In Key Demo

Nielsen yesterday released its top-line findings from its Q4 2016 Comparable Metrics Report, and the overall picture is a rosy one for the TV industry. However, the portrait requires a closer look. There's some significant issues in a key advertiser demo for TV, and we've got an RBR + TVBR Observation on how AMC Networks may be a big giant ostrich in the C-Suite Zoo.

CBS Radio Votes For Veritone Ahead Of Entercom Merger

The agreement gives CBS Radio a license to the Veritone platform, enabling the division of CBS Corp. to integrate artificial intelligence-based cognitive computing to seamlessly and automatically process, transform and analyze audio data.

Linking Online and Offline Media Consumers: Radio’s Revenue Win

How can AI "supercharge" a radio station advertisers' return on investment? That question, among others, was answered by two top executives at Veritone today during the first in a series of exclusive webinars hosted by Streamline Publishing's Radio INK and RBR+TVBR.

Two Consent Decrees For Cochise

Cochise Media Licenses has received a pair of "gifts" ahead of the Memorial Day weekend from the FCC. They're Consent Decrees, with one ordering the operation to donate the license for an FM in the Grand Canyon State to a non-profit organization.

UHD Ownership Surging In U.S. Households

Among emerging technologies, 4K Ultra HD (UHD) television is enjoying the fastest growth in U.S. household ownership. That's a key takeaway from the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)'s 19th annual Consumer Technology Ownership and Market Potential Study.

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WTTW Repack Game Plan Includes GatesAir

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