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February 19, 2013News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • Growing viewer loyalty may give TV nets upper hand, analyst says
    Viewers' loyalty to particular networks is growing, according to a survey, suggesting the networks will have added clout when working out carriage fees with pay-TV operators, Lazard Capital Markets analyst Barton Crockett says. The viewer survey by Lazard and Clear Voice Research followed up on a summer study, and found that 41% to 48% of viewers would be inclined to cancel or switch TV services if they lost their favorite broadcast networks, up from 38% to 43% in the summer poll. The Hollywood Reporter (free content) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Wolff: Cable TV model is on life support: The cable TV business as we know it will be effectively dead in five years, done in by the industry clinging to its lucrative but outdated model of making consumers pay for content they don't want through bundles, Michael Wolff writes. "The cable programming business -- running, practically speaking, on consumer inertia -- doesn't work anymore, and shouldn't," Wolff writes. "It's too costly and inefficient. It will die." USA Today (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Inside Obama's "transformational" efforts to keep the press at bay
    The Obama administration has mastered the targeted use of traditional TV and print outlets, as well as digital and social media, to further its agenda, often frustrating the White House press corps by carefully controlling access to President Barack Obama, Jim Vandehei and Mike Allen write. "This administration loves to boast about how transparent they are, but they're transparent about things they want to be transparent about," said longtime CBS News correspondent Mark Knoller. "He gives interviews not for our benefit, but to achieve his objective." Politico (Washington, D.C.)/Behind the Curtain blog (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • DIRECTV, Sinclair face looming deadline for carriage contract
    DIRECTV subscribers in 47 markets are in danger of losing access to 87 local broadcast outlets on Feb. 28 due to a potential standoff over a carriage contract, according to a notice from Sinclair Broadcast Group, the stations' owner. "Given that we spend millions of dollars each year to buy and produce high-quality programming, it is only right and fair that satellite companies compensate us fairly," Sinclair said. DIRECTV said talks have been "productive." (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • St. Jude to receive more than $5.3M from Univision radiothon
    Univision Radio this month raised more than $5.3 million from listeners for its annual St. Jude Promesa Y Esperanza -- Promise and Hope -- radiothon to benefit research and treatment for cancer and other deadly diseases affecting children. Stations in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami and more than a dozen other markets took part. Radio Ink (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Broadcast Programming 
  • ABC News-Univison Fusion aims for new Hispanic programming model
    ABC News and Univision have a bold plan to reach second-generation Latinos via their forthcoming Fusion 24-hour news and information network, but the partners are still trying to figure out what their desired audience wants in a TV channel, write Manuel Roig-Franzia and Peter Wallsten. "It's a risky and complicated endeavor but if they pull it off, they just might be creating a new cultural, economic and political force at the precise moment in American history when Hispanic power is in its steepest ascendance," they write. The Washington Post (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Changing the channel may affect how kids act, study finds
    Parents may be able to head off aggressive, violent outbursts in their preschool children by changing the TV channel from shows with violent content to those with a more educational purpose, according to a report from Seattle Children's Research Institute. "It's not just about turning off the television. It's about changing the channel. What children watch is as important as how much they watch," said lead author Dimitri Christakis. TVNewsCheck (free registration)/The Associated Press (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Opposition research is key to K Street firms' business
    Campaign-style opposition research has become a key part of work by K Street government-relations firms, according to this article. Strategy Group for Research, for example, will investigate witnesses scheduled to testify before Congress and then relay inconsistent positions or other information relating to their credibility to the lobbying side or a client's PR office. Roll Call (free content) (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  People & Personalities 
  • FCC chief to field questions at NAB Show
    FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski will be taking questions at a session at April's NAB Show in Las Vegas. "This session is sure to be informative for radio and TV broadcasters and an excellent opportunity to learn about the regulatory issues shaping our industry," said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Rep. Markey is on track to move up to Senate
    Longtime House member Rep. Edward J. Markey, D-Mass., looks to have a fairly clear route to winning a special Senate election, unless Rep. Stephen F. Lynch, D-Mass., can manage a credible primary challenge. With former Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., deciding against a run, Markey may not face much opposition from the GOP, either. Roll Call (free content) (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NAB News 
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