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March 6, 2013News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • Broadcasters should get paid for their content, Sen. Leahy says
    Broadcasters should be paid by third parties that use their content, Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said at NAB's State Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. Leahy, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, added that broadcasters also deserve credit for supporting efforts to curb gun violence and for providing news and reassurance during the shooting in Newtown, Conn. "We wept and prayed, sometimes with broadcasters," he said. Broadcasting & Cable (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Retrans deals should remain private, House member says: Retransmission-consent negotiations between broadcasters and others should remain private-sector transactions, Rep. Gene Green, D-Texas, said at NAB's State Leadership Conference. Green urged parties to use common sense with their demands, telling broadcasters that "your customers are my constituents." Broadcasting & Cable (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sen. Hatch calls for "clean" renewal of STELA: Although Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is hoping for a "clean" renewal of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act, he said there could be attempts to expand its provisions. Hatch, speaking at NAB's State Leadership Conference, also said he backs a "truly voluntary" incentive spectrum auction and offered praise for local broadcasting. Broadcasting & Cable (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Clear Channel, Entertainment One sign revenue-sharing accord
    Entertainment One, with a music library of more than 45,000 songs, has entered a revenue-sharing agreement for digital and terrestrial radio with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. "In eONE, we have found a partner with an extraordinary range of successful music who understands ... the immense value terrestrial and digital radio provide to artists, labels and the industry at large," said Clear Channel CEO Bob Pittman. (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sequestration may further hobble FCC, slow spectrum auctions
    With Federal Communications Commission staffing already at a 30-year low and decision-making well behind schedule, sequestration budget cuts are expected to only exacerbate current difficulties and prolong delays, writes Katy Bachman. Among other things, FCC officials say, the cuts may slow efforts to move forward the incentive auction of broadcast spectrum. Adweek (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Dial Global to extend ads to mobile with SoundHound
    The Dial Global radio network is aligning with the SoundHound application on a deal to extend radio ad campaigns to mobile devices, writes Jason Del Rey. Listeners will hear a prompt to use the SoundHound for Radio platform and then will have a window of a few hours to utilize the app's sound-recognition ability. "Once they do so, they will be greeted with elements such as exclusive content, contest-entry forms or other sponsored promotional opportunities," writes Del Rey. Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Digital Strategies Exchange will return to NAB Show
    The NAB Show for the second consecutive year will offer the Digital Strategies Exchange for Radio at the Broadcast Management Conference. The program will include sessions on alternative radio content platforms, "illustrated radio" and the use of social media applications, among other topics. Radio World (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Broadcast Programming 
  • Reporters knock History for "Vikings" ratings boast
    History channel had back-to-back hits on Sunday, with the scripted series "Vikings" bringing in about 6 million viewers and around 13 million tuning in to "The Bible." But a news release announcing that "over 18 million tuned in" to "Vikings" -- the number included all viewers, even those who were merely channel-surfing -- was widely mocked by television reporters. History later apologized: "We heard your Tweets and read your emails, and are humbly reissuing the releases sent earlier." The Washington Post/The TV Column blog (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Fox Sports 1 looks to become national player
    News Corp. has set Aug. 17 as the start date for its Fox Sports 1 network, which will replace the current Speed channel and reach about 90 million homes. The new network will feature live college basketball, college football, NASCAR, UFC bouts, soccer and, as of next year, Major League Baseball. "We believe we have amassed enough live events ... where we have scale, where we can have significance and where we can become a major player in the market," said Randy Freer, co-president of Fox Sports Media Group. Reuters (3/5), The Wall Street Journal (3/5), The Washington Post/The Associated Press (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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