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Xperi Incumbent Directors Survive Dissident Investor Push

In mid-March, one of Xperi Inc.'s biggest shareholders criticized the company for a “history of underperformance, poor decision making and reckless capital allocation.” It wanted a change on Xperi's board of directors. Shareholders last week said no to the desires of that rebel investor.

FCC’s Carr Says No To Agency’s AI Content Regulation Plan

Brendan Carr, in a lengthy statement, said he opposes a "new effort to regulate political speech" ahead of a contentious 2024 U.S. presidential election. Why? The plan will only cover one delivery vehicle for political advertisements, as the FCC does not have authority over streaming media.

Graham Media Group Buyouts Impacting Texas

Graham Media Group has buyout offers agreed upon with longtime staffers that could impact its flagship station in Detroit as well as its broadcast TV stations in other markets. This week, it became known that the company's stations in Houston and San Antonio will be seeing big staff changes.
Dennis Thatcher, President, Mission Broadcasting

Mission Ditches Detroit Deal, Putting Nexstar On Notice For The CW

While WADL-38 in Mt. Clemens, Mich. will no longer be sold to Mission Broadcasting, many are now wondering what the future holds in the nation's 13th-largest market for The CW Network — which had been poised to shift to the Detroit-market station following its sale.

Rosenworcel Proposes AI Disclosure for Political Ads

The Chairwoman of the Federal Communications Commission has shared with the agency's four Commissioners a draft proposal that, if adopted, would look into whether the FCC should require disclosure when there is AI-generated content in political ads on broadcast radio and television stations.

Scripps Selects A Chief Distribution Officer

The E.W. Scripps Co. has made a key addition to its executive leadership by appointing a Chief Distribution Officer tasked with managing accessibility of the company's linear channels across multiple platforms. The role is going the woman serving since February as the interim head of distribution. 

Another University Opts To Sell Its FM

With NPR programming during daylight hours and Jazz at night, KVUT-FM has served Tyler, Tex., from the University of Texas' campus in this city. On Friday, the station went dark. A station sale is already underway, with Tideline Partners LLC hired as the school's broker. KVUT-FM has ceased operations ahead of its sale.

Another Nasdaq Delinquency Warning For Urban One

The multimedia company superserving African American consumers has until June 7 to file its 2023 annual report and Q1 2024 earnings with the Securities and Exchange Commission — or submit a plan with Nasdaq — in order to regain compliance with the stock exchange's trading rules.

Freed From Bankruptcy: Texarkana Sale Saves Radio Group

In November, a group of radio stations and their respective FM translators ceased operations, due to financial troubles. Now, the bankruptcy trustee representing the two entities that jointly operated the stations has successfully secured an asset sale of the stations and FM translators.

Univision Prices Its Refinancing of $1 Billion Of Debt

Privately held TelevisaUnivision's U.S. based subsidiary, which includes the Uforia-branded audio division containing Univision Communications' radio stations and the company's stateside television operation, has priced its refinancing of $1 billion of debt.

WDVE, ‘Fox Sports Pittsburgh’ Stick With Steelers

For those who love twirling Terrible Towels and care to follow their favorite NFL team while away from a TV screen, they'll be no changes when it comes to what radio stations in the Steel City to turn to across the next five seasons.
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-Fla.)

The InFOCUS Podcast: ‘AM Radio For Every Vehicle Act’

With no amendments, the new version of the "AM Radio for Every Vehicle Act" has advanced to the full House Energy & Commerce Committee. This InFOCUS Podcast, presented by dot.FM, offers audio highlights from a House Subcommittee hearing where the legislation was discussed.

Solar-Powered Puccini: A Classical FM Fuels Green Power

The Classical FM serving Texas' state capital may be best-known across the Lone Star State as a home for the works of Bach, Rachmaninoff, and Schubert. Now, it could say, in a way, that its also the home of the Electric Light Orchestra or The Power Station.

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Seven Mountains Media COO Jim Loftus, photographed at the 2022 NAB Show

Loftus Grabs A ‘Bigfoot’ Home From His Former Employer

On December 4, 2023, Jim Loftus exited 7 Mountains Media as COO to take a similar position at the company he previously spent nine years at. Now, he's crafted a deal that will see the radio station owner he's presently associated with acquire an FM from the company led by Kristin Cantrell.

Jeff Winemiller

Gray Scores More LPTVs In Winemiller Deal

In low-power television circles, Jeff Winemiller is one of the broadcast media sector's more familiar licensees. He's bought and sold LPTVs across the last several years, and now he's agreed to a deal that will deliver, pending FCC approval, four mini-stations to Gray Television.

CBS News & Stations Stations Get New Spectrum Deal

A multi-year distribution agreement has been reached that encompasses Paramount's full portfolio of linear cable networks, CBS owned-and-operated broadcast stations and direct-to-consumer streaming services.

An Upsizing, and Pricing, For Gray’s 2029 Notes Comes

Broadcast TV station ownership group Gray Television on Thursday offered details on the pricing of its recently announced private offering of $1.25 billion aggregate principal amount of 10.5% senior secured first lien notes due 2029.

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Rosemary Ravinal

Five ChatGPT Prompts to Become a Better Speaker

When writer’s block takes hold, a little ChatGPT can work wonders, says public speaking coach and veteran public relations professional Rosemary Ravinal. However, she warns that relying fully on AI is ill-advised.
Northville, Mich., a bucolic community due west of Detroit

Where Your Consumers Are: The Outskirts of Town

Curious as to why your station's ratings may be "wobbling"? New data released from the U.S. Census Bureau show that while large cities are regaining residents following the COVID-19 pandemic, there was strong growth in areas adjacent to urbanized areas.

Vote Now For 2024’s ‘Broadcast Best Finance Leaders’!

RBR+TVBR, the publication focused on the business of broadcast media, thanks you for the flurry of nominations we've already received for the 2024 Broadcast Best Finance Leaders list. Have you chimed in with your suggested honorees? Be sure to do so now before time's up.

Mission Expresses Disappointment in Detroit Deal Dissolution

"After careful consideration," Mission Broadcasting has terminated its agreement to acquire a Detroit TV station from Adell Broadcasting for $75 million. The President of the company chaired by the widow of founder David Smith offered comments as to why the deal did not go forward.

Talk Media Network Completes LinkUp Transition

Talk Media Network has completed the transition of its satellite and internet distribution to LinkUp Communications, which is now delivering TMN programming to more than 1,200 radio stations.

A Smart Video Crop Tool Designed for Social Sports Posts

Vizrt, known for its real-time graphics and live production products for content creators, has released new software for its flagship sports highlight enhancement tool that gives users the ability to crop video to various aspect ratios from one interface.

FM Audio Processing Software Gets NAB Honor

The broadcast audio technology company founded by legendary ex-Malrite Communications engineer Frank Foti has earned a 2024 NAB Show Product of the Year award in the Radio category.  The association honored Telos Alliance for a brand of audio processing software.