Clyburn Assails UHF Discount’s ‘Resurrection’

Mignon Clyburn's impassioned argument against the reversal of a Wheeler Commission decision to dump the discount fell on the deaf ears of FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Republican FCC Commissioner Michael O'Rielly, with its reinstatement approved just after Noon in a party-line 2-1 vote.

Local TV Station Revenue Reaches $28.4B In 2016

Thanks to retransmission consent agreements between local TV stations and cable/satellite companies, total local television station revenue totaled $28.4 billion in 2016, data released today (4/20) from BIA/Kelsey finds.

How Much Did Townsquare’s Top Three Earn In ’16?

Townsquare Media will hold its annual shareholders meeting on May 31. What isn't up for a vote is executive compensation, although Townsquare did provide details on how much its three top leaders earned in 2014, 2015 and 2016. We have the scoop on the total pay seen by execs, including Chairman/CEO Steven Price.

Here’s Where William T. Lake Will Now Work

The former FCC Media Bureau Chief and veteran communications lawyer has joined one of the nation's most prominent communications law firms. He will provide counsel to clients on a variety of telecommunications and media issues.

Why Radio’s C-Suite Must Embrace iOS

At the 2017 NAB Show, NextRadio will make some big announcements. This is likely to include news that the App that brings live and local radio is getting a new streaming audio version for iOS-powered devices. This couldn't be more important, based on the latest smartphone OS data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech. Why? The Android OS is very uncool with U.S. mobile phone users — especially teens.
Money

Meet The Reverse Auction’s Biggest Broadcast Winners

Much has been said about the big payday seen at companies including Entravision Communications and Comcast. However, the biggest bonanza to come in the Reverse Auction involves such individuals as Bob Behar and Alex Meruelo. A RBR + TVBR analysis of the now-concluded FCC Spectrum Auction indicates that these individuals, and others with Spanish-language TV stations, are some of the auction's biggest winners.
Entravision Communications Corporation

Entravision’s Big Incentive For Giving Up Hartford Property

On March 2, during his company's fiscal Q4 and full-year 2016 earnings call with the Wall Street investment community, Entravision Communications Chairman/CEO Walter Ulloa made a somewhat startling revelation: The owner of radio and TV stations super-serving the U.S. Hispanic consumer scored $264 million in gross proceeds from the FCC’s reverse auction. We now know how the dollars fell, and much of those millions of greenbacks are thanks to the company's relinquishment of spectrum in the Constitution State, where it is entering into a channel-sharing agreement for the local Univision affiliate.
FCC

Who’s In The Spectrum Auction Winner’s Circle?

The FCC's Incentive Auction is now history, and the Commission late Thursday (4/13) made available a mountain of data reflecting the UHF and VHF stations that will go off the air as a result of a shift in spectrum use from television to wireless services companies. RBR + TVBR reviewed the winning bids in the Reverse Auction, and both Nexstar and Gray Television scored some cash with some big goodbyes.

FCC Proposes A $400K+ Fine For NYPD-Tampering Pirate

A New York City resident may have to fork over upward of $400,000 for his unauthorized operation of a radio transmitter on frequencies that the FCC has licensed to the New York Police Department, causing interference with the NYPD radio system while threatening officers. That's the maximum penalty the FCC can hand out, and this individual is currently in police custody for related charges.
Brian Wieser

A Pivotal View For ‘Traditional TV’: You’re Not Dead, Yet

With all of the noise and chatter over the power of subscription on-demand video (SVOD) services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu, there's a growing belief that broadcast and pay-TV networks are in big trouble. But, are they? Pivotal Research Group Senior Analyst Brian Wieser took another stab at answering that question. Here are his conclusions.
Wall Street

Stocks To Watch In Q2

With U.S. financial markets closed in observance of Good Friday, RBR + TVBR reviewed the trading landscape for radio and television broadcast companies and took the pulse of two industries that are equally challenged by digital media but could have very different futures. What are the publicly traded media companies investors should keep an eye on in Q2, for better or for worse? Here's what we determined.

How Will Gen Z Disrupt TV and Video?

Understanding how Gen Z is disrupting television viewing habits is crucial to the success of networks, cable, streaming services and online video hubs. New York-based market researcher Robin Hafitz dissects this increasingly important consumer segment's consumption habits in this exclusive Media Information Bureau column for RBR + TVBR.

Five Stories To Watch At The 2017 NAB Show

During the upcoming 2017 NAB Show in Las Vegas, broadcasters will be focused on a number of strategic, technological and competitive challenges and roadblocks to growing their businesses. As Accenture Global Managing Director/Broadcast Gavin Mann sees it, one of the biggest challenges is the need to make broadcast services more resilient to cyberattacks. There are other key challenges for broadcasters, which he discusses in this Media Information Bureau column.
FCC

Here Are The FCC’s Incentive Auction Results

In a press briefing held Thursday afternoon, the final results of the FCC's first-of-its-kind incentive auction were officially shared with the public. Were T-Mobile and Comcast the big spectrum auction winners? We have the answer, and additional insight from three key senior FCC staff members. We can also tell you that a Chicago UHF is getting more than $300 million for its participation in the auction.

NBC Sheds WNBC, WWSI, WSNS For $481.6M

Comcast Corp. has confirmed its results from both the Reverse Auction and Forward Auction, and it is pocketed nearly a half-billion dollars. At the same time, it is relinquishing spectrum in three of its duopoly markets, and in Gotham there's a bit of surprise.

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