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February 6, 2013News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • N.Y. broadcaster: "We never went off the air" during Hurricane Sandy
    Wireless providers in New York and New Jersey were "nowhere to be found" during Hurricane Sandy, which cut off service and disabled cellphone towers, Jack Schnirman, city manager of Long Beach, N.Y., said at a Federal Communications Commission hearing. Broadcasters touted the role of radio and TV as a lifeline during the storm. "The investment that broadcasters have made over the years in journalism is important to remember," said Dave Davis, WABC-TV's president and general manager. "During the height of the storm, we lost electricity. We lost key Internet centers in downtown Manhattan. We know we lost a lot of cellphone power. Broadcasting never went out. We never went off the air." Politico (Washington, D.C.) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sen. Lautenberg among officials praising broadcast for Sandy efforts: Broadcasters' effective response during Hurricane Sandy contrasted with the breakdown of wireless service and showed the key role local news outlets provide during emergencies, federal officials and lawmakers said at a Federal Communications Commission hearing. "Local radio, especially, was a lifeline for those without power, and I applaud everyone who worked around the clock to make sure that residents received timely and accurate information," said Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J. Multichannel News (2/5), AllAccess.com (2/6), Radio Business Report (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Getting Paid: How to Get Customers to Pay Up
Dealing with the money isn't fun, but it's a necessary evil for staying in business. While every business has their ups and downs, the key to positive cash flow is collecting payments in full and on time to keep the cash coming in as predictably as possible. Seem impossible? Learn how these small-business owners did it.

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  • Stalled ownership-rule changes halt Murdoch's newspaper deals
    News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch's bid to acquire newspapers owned by Tribune Co. in markets where there are Fox TV outlets is being stymied by a stalemate over relaxing federal cross-ownership regulations. Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski has not been able to secure a majority for easing ownership restrictions, which would allow News Corp. to potentially acquire the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune, according to this article. Bloomberg (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Broadcasters raise concerns about FCC model for repacking
    The Federal Communications Commission's release of an updated Longley-Rice model for TV station coverage, which will be used for repacking following the incentive auction, "introduces a new level of legal uncertainty as well as confusion about coverage areas and populations served by local television stations," NAB spokesman Dennis Wharton said. Public comments on the notice are due by March 21, with replies due by April 5. Broadcasting & Cable (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Building Workplace Trust 2015
Interaction Associates' 6th annual research study tracking trust on the job, Building Workplace Trust, is out, and more than half of employees surveyed give their organizations low marks for trust and leadership. Yet this year's findings again point to how high trust leads to better outcomes and financial results — and even boosts innovation.

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  • Twitter looks to TV as a revenue generator
    Twitter appears to be looking to television as a means to generate meaningful revenue. That's the strong suggestion from its acquisition of Bluefin Labs, an analytics company that focuses on TV and allows brands to track when their ads generate social media buzz, writes Mathew Ingram. GigaOm (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Is a radio feature coming to Apple devices?
    Buttons and references for a potential "radio" feature have been found within Apple's iOS 6.1 software, writes Josh Lowensohn. The developer community is speculating that Apple may be prepping a Pandora-like Internet music streaming service with ties to iTunes. CNET (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Combating Identity Theft in a Mobile, Social World
Mobile connectivity threats extend from consumers to the business environment. But who is really responsible for securing sensitive information? Smart business leaders are becoming proactive on the matter. Learn how to get protected in this white paper. Download the white paper now.

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  • NBC plans early start for 2014 Winter Olympics coverage
    NBC, marking a year before the start of its coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, has unveiled some of its plans for the event. The network will launch its prime-time coverage Thursday, Feb. 6, on the eve of the Games -- the first U.S. media outlet to do so. The idea is to build buzz for Friday's opening ceremony and give sponsors an extra night. NBC Sports Group's Mark Lazarus said "ad sales are pacing extremely well," and he expects the Games to be profitable. Multichannel News (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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How to Achieve IT Agility: A Survival Guide for IT Decision Makers
When business teams add new apps and services to already-strained networks, IT departments are accountable for making everything work. Is your team ready for this challenge? Read this eGuide to learn how IT teams are automating their networks, why they're utilizing Ethernet fabrics and SDN, and what success looks like as they regain network control and business relevance.

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  NAB News 
  • 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
  • Enter your station: 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
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