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January 7, 2013News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • Analyst: Local affiliates give networks big advantage over cable
    The broadcast model is likely "safe" because networks would lose a key advantage over cable channels if they didn't have their local station allies, according to Todd Juenger, a senior analyst at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. "Without the local connection, and its powerful news lead-in/lead-out, we believe the broadcast networks would become indistinguishable over time from the large general entertainment cable networks," he says. "The broadcast ratings advantage would erode, as well as the CPM premium." Broadcasting & Cable (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Opinion: Mobile DTV needs "real commitment" from networks
    Mobile DTV needs a "real commitment" from the broadcast networks for it to cross the final hurdle from concept to reality, columnist Harry A. Jessell writes. "The big hurdle in all this has been persuading the wireless carriers and mobile device makers to equip their phones with the mobile DTV receive chip," Jessell writes. "Why would any of them agree to make such an investment without the full and unqualified backing of the entire broadcasting industry?" TVNewsCheck (free registration) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ultra-HD sets get big push at CES
    The buzz at the International Consumer Electronics Show is over ultra-HD sets, which are being featured by more than 10 brands. However, the sets, which cost up to $25,000 each, may not reach the mass market for another 10 years. Another trend at the show is the increasing use of tablets as a "second screen." TVNewsCheck (free registration) (1/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Violence in society the focus as networks plan serial-killer shows
    With two dramas based on serial killers on tap from Fox and NBC, the subject of how TV contributes to violence in culture is being brought up at industry events in the wake of the recent school massacre in Connecticut. "Most people at this network have children and really care about the shows that we're putting out there. It's always in our mind. This just brought it to the forefront," NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said at the Television Critics Association press tour in California. The Hollywood Reporter (free content)/The Live Feed blog (1/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Former NAB spokesman Bob Hallahan is dead at 80
    Robert E. "Bob" Hallahan, the spokesman for the NAB in the 1970s and '80s, died on Oct. 12 at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Md. He was 80. Hallahan served as the first director of NAB's Public Relations News Bureau, fielding media calls and handling media relations at conventions and meetings. TVNewsCheck (free registration) (1/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Now Open: Entries for Celebration of Service to America Awards
    Nominate your station for the 2013 Celebration of Service to America Awards, recognizing local broadcasters' outstanding public service. Stations can win for individual campaigns, programs that focus on serving children and overall community service efforts. The NAB Education Foundation will honor winners at the Celebration of Service to America dinner on Monday, June 3, at the Washington Convention Center. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Check out the NAB Television Financial Report
    The 2012 NAB Television Financial Report is the most comprehensive resource on station revenues and expenses in the U.S., providing a comparative analysis of revenue earnings across markets, by station affiliation and revenue categories. With more than 10 revenue and 15 expense categories covered, this publication serves as a tool for station owners and managers to benchmark station revenue and expenses. Available from the NAB Store, the list price is $325, and $260 for members. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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