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Top FCC Republican Slams Conditional WADL Sale OK

Brendan Carr issued a statement late Tuesday following the release of a Memorandum Opinion and Order allowing the sale of WADL-38 in Detroit to proceed, but with several conditions. In Carr's view, "The FCC’s decision to redline the terms of a deal like this plainly exceeds the agency’s statutory authority."
Kevin Adell

FCC Gives Green Light To WADL Sale, With Many Conditions

For months, the FCC has been weighing how to proceed with the proposed sale of WADL-38 in Detroit by Kevin Adell to Mission Broadcasting. The ATVA and NCTA protested. The Commission raised concerns involving Nexstar's ties to Mission in this deal. Now, a resolution has arrived — with conditions.
FTC / Federal Trade Commission

On 3-2 Vote, FTC Puts An End To Non-Compete Clauses

The "non-compete" clause, which prevented a star talent from crossing the street for a specific period of time, has been banned. As the FTC Chair sees it, this final rule is engineered to "promote competition" and is designed to protect "the fundamental freedom of workers to change jobs, increasing innovation, and fostering new business formation."
Brent Bozell III

Bozell Seeks FCC Stop To Audacy’s Soros Dollars

Political activist Brent Bozell III wants the FCC to put the brakes on Audacy's emergence from debtor-in-possession status. Why? "There is no question that George Soros and his affiliated businesses are looking to control these radio stations to advance their particular brand of activism," he claims.
The FCC Seal

FCC Seeks Input On Communications Marketplace Competition

In the last quarter of every even-numbered year, the FCC is tasked to publish a "Communications Marketplace Report." Your opportunity to tell the Commission exactly how business is, and what it could be like, begins in early June.

Nexstar Slams FCC Over Proposed WPIX-Linked Fines, Divestitures

The nation's No. 1 owner of broadcast TV stations on Monday afternoon filed its response to the FCC’s proposed fine linked to the company’s relationship with WPIX-11 in New York. "We will not be issuing any additional statement regarding the filing, which we will let speak for itself," a company spokesperson says.

How Big Is Digital At Radio’s Largest Companies?

That's a question Gordon Borrell and Borell Associates addresses within its new 2024 Annual Benchmarking Report that he says is documenting the transition of local media companies toward digital operations.

WGA East Calls On iHeartMedia To Provide Podcasters More

Writers Guild of America East members at iHeart Podcast Network on Wednesday moved forward with the filing of an Unfair Labor Charge against management at iHeartMedia for “intimidating conduct and by interrogating employees about their support for the union.”

Auto Parts Retailer Gets 2024 Radio Marketer of the Year Award

O’Reilly Auto Parts has made radio central to its marketing activities to reach and engage audiences with impactful creative that resonates and distinguishes the brand from its competitors, the Radio Advertising Bureau said in announcing this year's honoree.

The InFOCUS Podcast: 2024 NAB Show Recap

In this InFOCUS Podcast, presented by dot.FM, Radio Ink Online Editor Cameron Coats joins RBR+TVBR Editor-in-Chief Adam Jacobson to share their observations of what made headlines — and got people talking — at this year's 2024 NAB Show.

A Women’s Sports Audio Network Comes To iHeartMedia

The nation's No. 1 licensee of broadcast radio stations has forged a new partnership that allows it to create "the first-ever audio platform dedicated exclusively to women's sports."

Regional Latino Voice Commits To ‘Maxima’ Brand

As 2020 came to a close, Miguel Amador and his Ritmo Broadcasting agreed to purchase an AM in Florence, N.J., and its FM translator companion serving a portion of Philadelphia's suburbs. Now, Amador is selling those facilities, along with an additional FM translator in Trenton.
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Audacy Rolls Sports Content Into A Single Ad Portfolio

As the company sees it, Audacy Sports creates "a market-differentiating opportunity for advertisers to connect with 43 million monthly listeners across the company’s sports portfolio while continuing to build equity in the Audacy brand."

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‘Q Rock!’ Slides Over To New Owner In S.C.

It's a station committed to "bringing the best summer of your life, back to life" and is anchored by the syndicated John Boy & Billy Big Show in mornings. Soon, it will become the property of an entity led by John B. Byrne.

Sinclair’s ‘NBC Montana’ Gets OK For UHF Channel Tweak

Three years ago, a Sinclair Inc. received FCC approval to shift from VHF Channel 13 to UHF Channel 20. However, interference concerns turned out to be greater than originally anticipated. A new channel for the station was sought. The FCC's Media Bureau just said yes for the channel shift.

Adell Cheers FCC Approval Of WADL Sale To Mission

The FCC, after careful consideration of the proposed sale of Kevin Adell's WADL-TV in Detroit to Mission Broadcasting, on Tuesday granted approval to the $75 million transaction announced in May 2023 via a Memorandum Opinion & Order. Adell couldn't be happier.
Cable / Satellite

All-In Pricing Order Is Published. Compliance Comes Later

While groups such as DirecTV and ACA Connects are displeased with new rules requiring MVPDs plus Dish and DirecTV to specify the “all-in” price “clearly and prominently” in their promotional materials and on every monthly billing statements, the rules are now one step closer to implementation.

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The Agency Perspective on Hispanic Radio? Learn Here

What Hispanic radio needs to know about growing their share of the market with agencies and where the opportunities and the challenges lie remains integral to achieving ROI growth and combating those pesky "macroeconomic headwinds." Learn about the fresh opportunities that could be awaiting you at the 2024 Hispanic Radio Conference.

Study: Workers Don’t Want to Be Fully Remote

In an age where people in broadcast media, depending on their roles, can work from anywhere there is an internet connection, Resume Builder has uncovered an intriguing desire among those in the overall workforce: they want a hybrid work environment, at the very least.

‘Real World’ Media Events Flourish In GenAI Times

GenAI and game engines are transforming content creation and production in the TV industry, Yet, activism is also growing in the media sector, with the industry facing pressure from activist shareholders and writers’ strikes protesting streaming royalties and new technologies. These are some of the key findings in Arthur D. Little’s State Of The Media Market 2024 report, an annual analysis of the global trends impacting the media, sports, and entertainment sectors.

Late License Filing Yields Fine For LPTV Property

A low-power television station in Bryan-College Station, Tex., has been handed a fine from the FCC for failing to timely file a license to cover application.

A New Mobile App Choice for Radio

It's carved itself a business niche by serving and focusing on small-market radio stations. Now, these broadcast properties have a smartphone app solution build with their AMs and FMs in mind.

PPDS Selects A Director of Technical Sales Support

PPDS, the exclusive global provider of Philips digital signage, interactive displays, dvLED and videowalls, professional TVs, and dedicated AV software, has promoted from within to select its new Director of Technical Sales Support.

A Partner Program Launch For SwXtch.io

The swXtch.io Federated Partner Program brings technology partners, systems integrators and public clouds together with swXtch.io to help customers bring their on-prem networks to the cloud.