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February 15, 2013News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • Zombie alert should sound alarm about EAS' weaknesses
    The public didn't rise to the bait of the fake emergency alert warning of zombies rising from the earth, but unless something is done to shore up EAS security, the nation might be one hack job away from a more serious stunt, Deborah McAdams writes. "How hard would it be to edit together a fake video of the president warning us of a more realistic hostile invasion," she asks. (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CBS gets lift in Q4 from political, national ads
    CBS Corp. in Q4 raised its net income by 6.2% to $393 million on 2.4% uptick in revenue to $3.7 billion, compared with the same period in 2011. Ad revenue was up 3% to $2.4 billion, due to a combination of political ads at CBS-owned stations and growth in national sponsorships. CBS President and CEO Les Moonves projected the network would again "lead the upfront market in terms of volume and pricing." Bloomberg (2/15), MediaPost Communications/MediaDailyNews (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AXS TV signs CBS as new investor: AXS TV, the startup channel formed by Mark Cuban, AEG, Ryan Seacrest Media and CAA, has added CBS as a minority investor. The broadcast network has agreed to help market AXS and allow the network to cover the Grammys, Tonys, Kennedy Center Honors and other live events to develop "shoulder" programming. The deal reportedly does not involve cash or access to sports programming. The Hollywood Reporter (2/14), Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Company Town blog (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pandora shouldn't blame labels for problems, Big Machine CEO says
    Pandora can complain all it wants about paying too much for content, but the problems with its business model are its own and not due to the music industry's demands, said Big Machine Label Group CEO Scott Borchetta. "I didn't ask [Pandora] to take my content and build a new business model with it," he said. "They chose that route, not me. If Pandora went away tomorrow, if they went out of business, it's not my fault." Radio Ink (9/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lowe's to be honored with NABEF award
    Lowe's will be honored by the NAB Education Foundation for the company's commitment to community service and corporate social responsibility. NABEF's Corporate Leadership Award will be presented June 3 in Washington at the 15th annual Celebration of Service to America Awards, sponsored by Hubbard Broadcasting Group and Bonneville International. Radio World (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CBS mobile platform for local content is close to fruition
    CBS this week will take another step toward monetizing the tablet and smartphone streaming of its owned stations and affiliates when Nielsen begins testing its platform to determine the accuracy of tracking technology. CBS over the past several months has been testing a streaming platform powered by Syncbak that doesn't require a dongle or an antenna at its WCBS and WLNY stations in New York and KCBS and KCAL in Los Angeles. TVNewsCheck (free registration) (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Sen. Lautenberg, critic of media consolidation, won't run again
    Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., who has consistently criticized News Corp. and other big media alliances, has decided not to run again in 2014. The 89-year-old lawmaker has used his place on the Commerce Committee to seek the denial of the license for News Corp.'s WWOR-TV in Secaucus, N.J., due to concerns about a lack of local news. News Corp. operates the outlet under a federal waiver of rules barring cross-ownership of newspapers and TV stations in the same market. Adweek (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 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
  • Now Available -- Radio Rules: A Guide to FCC Policies and Procedures for On-Air Staff
    How can you help your employees avoid regulatory pitfalls and fines? Provide them with the revised "Radio Rules: A Guide to FCC Policies and Procedures for On-Air Staff." Written by NAB attorneys and updated for 2013, this booklet contains critical information on relevant laws and FCC rules. Topics include contests, libel, indecency and public files. Order as many as needed, as NAB members receive a substantial bulk discount. For more information and to purchase, visit the NAB Store. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Legislative & Regulatory 
  • FCC says it had legal right to end must-carry analog mandate
    The Federal Communications Commission said it acted within its rights when it allowed a mandate for cable providers to offer must-carry stations in analog to lapse, according to an agency filing with a federal appeals court. The NAB and others have sued the FCC to have the requirement put back into place. Multichannel News (2/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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British art critic

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