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December 5, 2012News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • NAB: FCC should leave joint sales agreements alone
    The Federal Communications Commission would put broadcasters at a disadvantage to MVPDs if the agency were to restrict joint sales agreements as part of changes to ownership regulations, the NAB's Jane Mago, Jerianne Timmerman and Erin Dozier told FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai and his staff. The FCC is considering whether TV outlets taking part in a JSA should be "attributable" to the lead operator. Radio Business Report (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business & Industry Report 
  • Pandora downgrades forecast, blames "cautious" advertisers
    Pandora will post a greater-than-expected full-year loss due to increased caution from advertisers, the company said Tuesday, sending its share price tumbling. The forecast came despite a 112% increase in mobile ad sales during the third quarter. "There are concerns about the effect the 'fiscal cliff' will have on growth ... When our clients are cautious, we have to be cautious," said CEO Joe Kennedy. Bloomberg Businessweek (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pandora CEO sees royalty reform as good for artists, listeners: Reforming the online radio royalty structure "will be a win" for "artists, innovators and the listening public," Pandora CEO Joe Kennedy said in a call with investors. "Over the next few years, we will seek to remedy this unfairness." Radio Ink (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CBS chief: Cablers should pay higher fees for most-watched nets
    If Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt wants to jettison expensive but low-rated cable channels, he should "pay the most for the guy who's the No. 1 network," CBS chief Les Moonves said at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York. Moonves also said the poor start to the fall season was an "aberration" resulting from the election and extra NFL games on Thursday night. "By the end of the year ... you're going to see the comps really level off," he said. (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • TV stations should charge for digital apps, Scripps chief says
    TV stations should take a cue from newspapers and begin charging for applications and other digital content, E.W. Scripps President and CEO Rich Boehne said at the UBS Global Media and Communications Conference in New York. "We just think that with what the newspapers are doing across America -- where they're introducing and building this revenue stream of paid digital -- that TV stations will miss an opportunity if they don't try to come in at the same time and build a market alongside or in competition with the newspapers for those who are going to pay for digital content," Boehne said. TVNewsCheck (free registration) (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Fox News chief wants less air time for Rove, Morris
    Fox News analysts Karl Rove and Dick Morris reportedly will be getting less air time in the near future, per orders from the channel's chief, Roger Ailes. Under the change, producers must get prior approval before the pundits, who were stinging in their criticism of President Barack Obama, can make appearances on Fox News. The message from the executive suite is that "the election's over," a network representative said. New York magazine/Daily Intel blog (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  People & Personalities 
  • Emmis' Paul Brenner honored by Radio World for engineering
    Paul Brenner, senior vice president and chief technology officer for Emmis Communications, has been honored with Radio World's 2012 Excellence in Engineering Award. "For us, Brenner embodies the evolving nature of radio engineering and technical management. He's not only technical (indeed, a self-described geek) but he's also entrepreneurial, business-savvy, wise to the ways of promotion and eager to help radio find new ways of doing things," Radio World's Paul McLane writes. Radio World (12/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Legislative & Regulatory 
  • Group: Ownership rules changes would lead to more consolidation
    A representative of advocacy group Free Press took issue with a Federal Communications Commission official's assertion that changes to media-ownership rules wouldn't make it easier to own a top TV station and newspaper in the same market. The FCC's Bill Lake "is flat-out wrong to suggest that the top-four ranking exemption would prevent ownership of a top TV station and a major newspaper in the same market," said Matt Wood, policy director at Free Press. The argument comes amid speculation that News Corp. is interested in buying the Los Angeles Times and the Chicago Tribune. Broadcasting & Cable (12/4), Politico (Washington, D.C.) (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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