Digital Advertising Alliance releases political ad rules | FCC reopens review for Sinclair, Tribune merger | Sony to acquire additional 60% stake in EMI Music Publishing
May 22, 2018
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Netflix signs up the Obamas to produce films, TV series
Netflix has announced that it has signed up former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama to produce TV series and films for the streaming service. "We hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world," President Obama said.
Reuters (5/21),  The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (5/21),  ABC News (5/21),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (5/21) 
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Digital Advertising Alliance releases political ad rules
Digital Advertising Alliance releases political ad rules
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The Digital Advertising Alliance, which is managed by trade groups including the Interactive Advertising Bureau, the 4A's and the Association of National Advertisers, has published rules for digital political ads to provide more information to consumers about who paid for the advertising. "The more that we can give consumers transparency, the better that ecosystem is for all the brands that use advertising," Executive Director Lou Mastria said.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (5/22) 
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FCC reopens review for Sinclair, Tribune merger
FCC reopens review for Sinclair, Tribune merger
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The Federal Communications Commission is accepting new public comments on Sinclair Broadcast Group's proposed $3.9 billion acquisition of Tribune Media now that the two companies have proposed several local station sales in a bid to gain regulatory approval for the merger. Comments will be accepted through July 12.
The Hill (5/21) 
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Sony to acquire additional 60% stake in EMI Music Publishing
Sony on Tuesday announced that it will purchase an additional 60% stake in EMI Music Publishing for $2.3 billion from Mubadala Investment Co. The deal will take Sony's stake to 90%.
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Broadcast Programming
"American Idol" judges weigh in on who's best for radio
"American Idol" judges weigh in on who's best for radio
Bryan and Perry (Frederick Brown/Getty Images)
"American Idol" judges Katy Perry and Luke Bryan, guest mentor and radio host Bobby Bones and host Ryan Seacrest share their thoughts on the final three "American Idol" finalists ahead of the season finale. Bryan says that the goal has been to find someone who will be successful on the radio, with Perry saying she sees the most potential in the country finalists due to the strength of country radio.
Billboard (5/21) 
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Source: Fox draws closer to $1B WWE deal
Fox and the WWE are drawing nearer to closing a five-year, $1 billion deal for "SmackDown Live," sources say. If the deal closes, Fox will share programming rights with NBC, which is expected to retain WWE show "Raw."
The Hollywood Reporter (5/21) 
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TV Executives: Take Two and Save More!
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People & Personalities
Hannity tops list of most influential radio hosts
Hannity tops list of most influential radio hosts
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Sean Hannity took the top spot on Talkers Magazine's Heavy Hundred list of the most influential radio hosts, beating out hosts such as Rush Limbaugh and Howard Stern. It is only the second time in the past 24 years that Limbaugh -- who came in second this year -- has not taken the top spot.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free content) (5/21) 
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NAB News
NAB Marconi Radio Awards: Entry Window Open
The prestigious NAB Marconi Radio Awards celebrate overall excellence in radio. Winners will be announced during the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner and Show on September 27 at the Radio Show in Orlando. Entry rules, forms and a complete list of past winners are available here. Entry deadline is May 31 at 5:00 p.m. ET.
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Numerous TV stations will soon be moving to new frequencies due to the FCC spectrum incentive auction. Broadcast viewers will need to take action to keep their channels, including rescanning their TV or converter boxes. Tools to assist viewers are available at, an initiative of the NAB.
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