NAB Show Blasts Off With 100K Attendees

If there was one event that could bring together FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, the top leaders of the broadcast television industry and an endless array of exhibitors eager to grow their media tech sales, the 2017 NAB Show now officially underway in Southern Nevada is the definitive draw.

This Study Claims Consumers Prefer Watching TV Shows Off TV

If you believe a global study released this morning by New York-based Accenture, the percentage of consumers worldwide who prefer watching TV shows on television sets plummeted to 23% between October and November 2016, compared to 52% in the same period one-year earlier. That's one of the key takeaways from the Accenture 2017 Digital Consumer Survey, and RBR + TVBR got its hands on exclusive data that shows U.S. consumers are leading this trend.
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Are iHeartMedia Creditors Trying To Thwart A Debt Redo?

There's a new threat to iHeartMedia's bid to "avoid bankruptcy." That's according to Reuters, citing "people familiar with the matter." The news organization reports that a group of the company's lenders has signed a "cooperation agreement" to oppose a debt restructuring agreement proposed by the nation's No. 1 owner of AM and FM radio stations.
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Sinclair Buys Bonten’s 14 TV Stations In Multimillion Dollar Deal

Less than 24 hours after the FCC restored the UHF discount, allowing broadcast TV companies to effectively own more stations, Sinclair Broadcast Group has agreed to acquire Bonten Media Group Holdings. Concurrently, as part of this deal, Cunningham Broadcasting Corp. will purchase the membership interest of Esteem Broadcasting. The aggregate purchase price: $240 million.​​

NextRadio, TagStation Make Next Moves At NAB Show

With a flurry of activity focused on TV industry tech advancements, Emmis Communications Chairman/CEO Jeff Smulyan and Paul Brenner, President of Emmis' wholly owned TagStation, held court with key radio industry trade journalists and top Congressional aides alike as the two unveiled several new advancements for both the NextRadio app and TagStation's audience measurement tool, the Dial Report.

Radio One Replaces Old Debt With New Debt

Radio One, the media company focused on African American consumers, has closed on a new senior secured credit facility. The 2017 Credit Facility provides for $350 million in term loan borrowings, all of which was advanced and outstanding on the date of the April 18 closing of the transaction, Radio One said in an SEC filing late Friday.

How Did The Last Nationwide EAS Test Fare?

The Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau of the FCC on Friday released its official report on the Sept. 28, 2016 Nationwide EAS Test. Was it a success?
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GEICO Back On Top For Radio Spots

In last week’s Media Monitors Radio Spot Ten report, GEICO was back on top at No. 1 with 42,579 spots. The Home Depot held steady at No. 2 with 38,299 ads while iHeartRadio rose to No. 3 with 35,277 commercials.

Can An FM’s Complaints About Translator Interference Be ‘Invalid’?

Is it plausible that an FM translator's alleged interference of an FM signal is "invalid" and entitled to no consideration? The operator of KXEG-AM 1280 in the Phoenix market and its K241CS, at 96.1 MHz, believes so. It has evidence suggesting the station making the complaints -- KSWG-FM 96.3 in Wickenburg, Ariz. -- is operating with unauthorized facilities.

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A HD3 Player Gets A Wisconsin Translator

The State of Wisconsin - Educational Communications Board is picking up an FM translator in a Wisconsin city expressly to rebroadcast the HD3 programming on one of its Wisconsin Public Radio stations.

Chevrolet

Chevy Drives Away As TV’s Spot Topper

In last week’s Media Monitors TV Spot Ten report, the Chevrolet Dealer Association held steady at No. 1 with 25,080 spots. Neutrogena also held steady at No. 2 with 20,345 ads and the Honda Dealer Association climbed up a notch to No. 3 with 19,326 commercials.

Insurance Providers Power Up Cable Ads

In last week’s Media Monitors Cable Spot Ten report, GEICO moved up to No. 1 with 39,439 spots. Burger King slid down to No. 2 with 38,291 ads while Progressive ascended to No. 3 with 31,465 commercials.
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Repack Regional Coordinators Finalized By FCC

The Incentive Auction Task Force and Media Bureau have finalized the assignment of Regional Coordinators to support broadcast television stations moving to new channel assignments in the post-incentive auction transition period.

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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.

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.

NBCUniversal Pacts With Kargo For Mobile Ads

NBCUniversal has taken a big step in reaching mobile consumers by striking a deal with mobile advertising player Kargo. The newly forged relationship will allow NBCUniversal to bring to fruition "the world's largest premium ecosystem for mobile advertising."

Diversity and Digital Empowerment Get Powered By Pai

FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has taken the push for diversity and digital empowerment to a new level. Today, Pai revealed his intent to establish a new federal advisory committee focused expressly on the topic.

Clip Interactive Moves Ahead With In-Car, In-Home Integrations

Clip Interactive has completed the first phase of development of their in-car and in-home consumer products integrations, providing support for automobile technologies Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and in-home consumer platforms Amazon Echo and Google Home to every radio station on the Clip platform.

Now Available: A ‘Starter Kit’ For ATSC 3.0 Next-Gen Alerting

Television broadcasters now have access to an ATSC 3.0 Advanced Emergency Alerting (AEA) "starter kit," intended as an introduction to the powerful new emergency communications capabilities of the next-generation digital television standard.

From The NAB Show: A Suite Of ATSC 3.0-Optimized Products

The coming ATSC 3.0 broadcast standard is the talk of the media and entertainment industry, and vendors galore are touting their products designed to "unleash the full power" of the emerging next-gen TV standard's specifications. Among the companies vying for attention is Imagine Communications, which has partnered with broadcast TV giant Sinclair Broadcast Group in showcasing what it says is its ability to offer broadcaster a "comprehensive ATSC 3.0-optimized solution portfolio."