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.

Who’s Been Named 2017 Radio Marketer of the Year?

This year's “Radio Marketer of the Year” Award, which recognizes a brand's advertising and promotional endeavors over the past year at AM and FM radio stations across the U.S., is going to the No. 1 bidder in the FCC's incentive auction.
FCC

Nearly 1,000 TV Stations Will Need To Move

The FCC announced Thursday that some 957 non-winning stations participating in the FCC's spectrum auction must change channels to clear the new wireless airwaves for use. Meanwhile, a MyNetworkTV station in Michigan is opting to sign off the air altogether.

Are These Top Retailers Among Your Advertisers?

Attention, radio and TV sales executives: If your station is not presently enjoying an advertising relationship with the top 25 retailers and restaurants on The NPD Group's just-released 2016 Checkout Penetration Index, you better start scheduling some appointments with key media planners and brand managers right now.

NextRadio’s Next Move: Streaming and Dashboard Integration

The "live-and-local-FM" NextRadio app hasn't yet landed on Apple iPhones. That may change later this summer with the rollout of a new streaming app -- a big pivot for NextRadio. At the same time, a secure presence in the "connected car" has been finalized, with full details to be offered at the NAB Show.

After Months Of Rumors, Altice USA IPO Arrives

On Oct. 21, 2016, Reuters reported that -- according to "people familiar with the matter" -- Altice USA is "drawing up plans for a potential initial public offering" of stock. Those rumors are now reality, and an SEC filing outlines some of the concerns Altice has -- including a still-unresolved IBEW deal in New Jersey.
ESPN

Nielsen Out-Of-Home Service Arrives With ESPN On Board

The commercial availability of Nielsen's National Out-of-Home Reporting Service has arrived, and ESPN is the first client to sign on as a subscriber. The eagerly awaited opt-in service is designed to provide TV networks that elect to subscribe with program and commercial ratings for Live through Live + 7 days of time-shifted viewing.

Nielsen Gets MRC OK For Digital Ratings Duo

The Media Rating Council (MRC) has given its blessing to a pair of digital TV ratings offerings from Nielsen, in addition to Mobile Web and Mobile In-Application Display and Video Viewable Ad Impressions and related viewability metrics from comScore.
DirecTV

Here’s The Latest Retrans-Related Blackout For DirecTV

The Manship family's Louisiana Television Broadcasting has become the latest broadcast TV station owner to run into a brick wall with DirecTV. Their two ABC affiliates went dark on the provider on Friday night, with the stations' owner going on the offensive by noting DirecTV "has failed to realize the importance of local news and entertainment and pulled WBRZ programming from its lineup."

How A Music Industry Coalition Has Courted Congress

For the last decade, musicFIRST has made it its mission to establish itself as the No. 1 advocate for artists’ rights. These efforts have been stepped up in a big way since the arrival in January of Chris Israel. Who is he, and why is he leading a push on Capitol Hill that has captured the attention -- and support -- of such House members as Darrell Issa, Marsha Blackburn and Ted Deutch? This RBR + TVBR INFOCUS pieces reviews Israel's rise, and that of musicFIRST.

OpenAP Gives OK To Accenture, Nielsen and comScore

“TV’s Advanced Audience Platform” has advanced in its efforts to bring the precise targeting of digital ads to television advertising by choosing Accenture as the runner for OpenAP — the television industry’s first open platform for cross-publisher audience targeting and independent measurement.

FCC Asked To Review Gorsuch Ads

A K Street nonpartisan organization that considers itself "the lawyers for our democracy" has asked the FCC to review broadcast filings from the Judicial Crisis Network, which has spent millions of dollars on advertisements urging U.S. senators to confirm President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, but allegedly did not provide the disclosure required under federal law.
U.S. Congress

This House Member Wants The Tax Certificate Back

The FCC's lone Democratic Commissioner, Mignon Clyburn, has found a friend in Congress in support of her quest to have the minority tax certificate returned for radio and TV broadcasters.

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