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November 29, 2012News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • Broadcasters seek involvement in FCC hearings on Hurricane Sandy
    Broadcasters are "eager to participate" in a series of field hearings the Federal Communications Commission plans to conduct on the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the communications infrastructure, according to a letter NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith wrote to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski. "Service to community is the lifeblood of the local broadcaster, and we take seriously our role as first informers during times of crisis," Smith wrote. (11/28), The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business & Industry Report 
  • Broadcasters: Excessive royalties limit radio streaming
    Many broadcast radio stations can't afford to stream their music programming due to excessive royalties that, even with increasing audiences, mean "the cost curve never bends in a favorable direction," Bruce Reese, CEO of Hubbard Radio and former NAB Joint Board chairman, said at a House panel hearing on the Internet Radio Fairness Act. Although the NAB isn't taking a stance on the legislation, it wants the process to "not be bogged down by past fights over controversial performance rights bills." Reese also explained how broadcast radio being "local and free" separates it from the satellite-cable-Internet pack. "Radio makes music possible," he said. Radio Ink (11/28), (11/29), The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (11/28), Radio Business Report (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • TV is failing to keep up with the DVR age, Fox chief says
    The TV industry has not fully taken into account the role of the DVR and the importance of engaging audiences around programming, Kevin Reilly, chairman of entertainment at Fox Broadcasting, said at an industry event in Century City, Calif. "As an industry, when you're in the talent business, we are way too obsessed on the competition with each other and not enough with the consumer," Reilly said. "The consumer has spoken loudly and clearly, and the genie is not going back in the bottle." The Hollywood Reporter (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sources: Finalists for Barrington stations are Sinclair, Nexstar
    Sinclair Broadcast Group and Nexstar Broadcasting Group reportedly are the remaining bidders for Barrington Broadcasting, which has been put up for sale by Bob Pittman's Pilot Group. Barrington is the owner or manager of 24 outlets in 15 smaller markets, including Flint-Saginaw, Mich.; Toledo, Ohio; and Columbia, S.C. TVNewsCheck (free registration) (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • Survey shows "seismic shift" in consumer video habits
    Some 50% of Americans screen over-the-top video via broadband links to their TVs, along with programming from pay-TV operators, according to a survey from Accenture. "We are seeing a seismic shift in consumer viewing habits," said Robin Murdoch, a managing director in Accenture's Media and Entertainment Industry Group. "The connected consumer is now comfortable viewing TV shows and video on a variety of screens, as well as sharing opinions of that content via social channels or recommendation engines." MediaPost Communications/Online Media Daily (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Broadcast Programming 
  • Maine public radio to offer more news, less music
    Maine public radio, in part due to listener preferences, is reducing its music programming in favor of more news, talk and issues-based content. Toby Leboutillier, the veteran host of "Down Memory Lane," is losing his slot, and four hours of weekend classical music and late-night jazz also are being eliminated. "Listeners want more news on their public radio station. It is a national trend," said Mark Vogelzang, president and CEO of the Maine Public Broadcasting Network. Portland Press Herald (Maine) (11/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Related Industry News 
  • Turner Broadcasting hires Jeff Zucker to lead CNN Worldwide
    Turner Broadcasting System has announced that former NBCUniversal chief and "Today" show executive producer Jeff Zucker has been hired to lead CNN Worldwide. Starting in January, he will oversee 23 properties including flagship CNN,, CNN International and HLN. "As a programmer, a brand-builder and a leader, [Zucker] will bring energy and new thinking to CNN," said Phil Kent, Turner Broadcasting System's chairman and CEO. Box blog (11/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  People & Personalities 
  • Industry ponders successor with FCC chief likely to depart
    Although Julius Genachowski hasn't announced he's leaving the Federal Communications Commission, broadcast industry speculation is centering on several names as possible successors. Among them are Blair Levin, an adviser to Genachowski who helped formulate the FCC's National Broadband Plan, and Lawrence E. Strickling, an assistant secretary at the Department of Commerce and head of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. The Washington Post/In the Loop blog (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NAB News 
  • 2013 Crystal Radio Awards: Make a list, check it twice
    As radio serves local communities during the busy holiday season, NAB encourages stations to keep track of these activities and enter for a Crystal Radio Award. The Crystals are presented to stations for year-round commitment to community service. The entry window opens on Jan. 1, so don't let your efforts get lost in the hustle and bustle of the holidays. View more information and entry guidelines. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NAB membership: With one voice, we are stronger
    As broadcasters' voice in the nation's capital, NAB fights for policies that preserve and strengthen free, local broadcasting. Our success as an industry is not possible without the engagement and unity of our members. With ONE VOICE, we are stronger. Learn about NAB benefits. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Legislative & Regulatory 
  • FCC gets heat from media watchdog groups over ownership rules
    Some media watchdog groups are voicing their opposition to the Federal Communications Commission's reported plan to change media ownership rules to permit cross-ownership of broadcast TV stations and newspapers in the nation's 20 biggest markets. Should the FCC fail to hold public hearings on the proposed change, it will likely face a lawsuit from Free Press, said Craig Aaron, the group's president and CEO. TVNewsCheck (free registration) (11/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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