Bannon out at White House | YouTube TV launches in 14 markets | FM chips help lure in radio listeners in India
August 18, 2017
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Lobbyists predict hard road, small changes for tax reform
Veteran lobbyists, expressing doubt that passing tax reform with just Republican votes will be possible, are sharing their predictions of what Congress will most likely pass. Some believe that tying tax reform to an infrastructure spending package may lure in Democrats, while others feel that only a temporary tax cut for individuals is likely to occur.
Politico (8/17) 
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Bannon out at White House
Bannon out at White House
Bannon (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
White House chief strategist Steve Bannon has left his post. Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders confirmed that today was his last day; Chief of Staff John Kelly recently completed his review of Bannon's position.
BBC (8/18) 
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YouTube TV launches in 14 markets
YouTube TV launches in 14 markets
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YouTube has deployed its YouTube TV service across 14 new markets, with its footprint now covering half of all US households. The company -- which launched the service in areas including Boston, Las Vegas and Nashville, Tenn. -- will deploy in 17 more markets in the near future as it continues to expand nationwide.
TechCrunch (8/17),  Adweek (8/17),  Variety (8/17) 
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FM chips help lure in radio listeners in India
Radio has experienced explosive growth in India, with revenue climbing 18% last year to reach $416 million, per PwC data. The record-setting growth is being attributed to deregulation throughout the country, as well as the availability of affordable phones with activated FM chips.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (8/17) 
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Swail discusses CEO role, repack prioritization
In this interview, GatesAir CEO Bruce Swail discusses his goals for the company and plans to prioritize repack activities. He says the company will be "operations-focused and customer-focused" to provide the best solutions to customers' problems.
TVNewsCheck (free registration) (8/17) 
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BMI calls for rejection of "full work" licensing
BMI is challenging the Justice Department's "full work" licensing requirement in a New York appeals court. The department's interpretation of the decree would "stifle competition, hinder collaboration and unfairly benefit music users at the expense of the American songwriter," BMI President Mike O'Neill asserts.
Inside Radio (free content) (8/18) 
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Media takes a stand, refuses to give racists a platform
Media companies are taking a hard stand against racist rhetoric in the wake of last weekend's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va. Google, Twitter and GoDaddy shut down American Nazi publication The Daily Stormer, which made fun of Heather Heyer -- a peace activist who was killed during the rally -- while Fox Nation and The Daily Caller took down a video showing cars driving into protesters.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (8/17) 
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People & Personalities
Univision's Calderon threatened during interview
Univision's Calderon threatened during interview
Calderon (Rodrigo Varela/Getty Images)
Univision anchor Ilia Calderon was threatened by Ku Klux Klan leader Christopher Barker during a recent interview. Barker used racist and derogatory terms and threatened to "burn [Calderon] out" during the interview, which is scheduled to air Sunday.
Adweek (8/17) 
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