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February 7, 2013News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • Congress will try again to adjust "sunshine" rules for FCC
    Lawmakers in the House and Senate are trying for a second time to enact measures to permit three or more members of the Federal Communications Commission to meet privately, provided no official actions are taken. The FCC Collaboration Act has been introduced for a second time in the House by Reps. Anna Eshoo, D-Calif., John Shimkus, R-Ill., and Mike Doyle, D-Pa. A Senate version sponsored by Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Dean Heller, R-Nev., is expected to be introduced today. A similar piece of legislation to modify the "sunshine" rules failed last year. Adweek (2/6), Multichannel News (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Granite deals Fresno, Calif., NBC affiliate to Nexstar
    Granite Broadcasting is selling its NBC affiliate KSEE-TV in Fresno, Calif., for $26.5 million to Nexstar. The deal requires federal approval, but Nexstar has already begun operating the outlet under a time brokerage agreement. In other Nexstar news, the company has regained the Fox affiliation for WFFT-TV in Fort Wayne, Ind. Two years ago, the affiliation transferred to a digital subchannel under Granite's WISE-TV. Broadcasting & Cable (2/6), TVNewsCheck (free registration) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NAB Show will offer slate of 6 panels from RAB
    The Radio Advertising Bureau is planning a series of six panels on sales and marketing during April's NAB Show in Las Vegas. The sessions will feature such topics as how to meet revenue goals during difficult economic times, how to use technology to boost sales and how to monetize the digital side. Radio Ink (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Abacast technology allows live-radio song skipping online
    Online radio listeners who would like to move on to the next song would be able to do so with new technology from Abacast. The company says the technology keeps the rest of the live stream intact, including DJs and commercials. The technology replaces the skipped song with another from the station's list. Radio Online (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • How Aereo's technology works
    This photo essay shows the technology behind Aereo, the unlicensed TV service that uses a system of small antennas to intercept broadcast TV signals and retransmit them to its subscribers. The major broadcast networks have sued to stop the startup from using their content without permission. GigaOm (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Fox News' moves seem to coincide with larger GOP rebranding
    Fox News' decision to let the contributor contracts of Sarah Palin and Dick Morris expire seems to correspond with a larger push in the Republican Party to marginalize "controversial political creatures," write Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen. They quote an unnamed strategist who says GOP leaders are attempting to "marginalize the cranks, haters and bigots." VandeHei and Allen write that Fox's motive is "about credibility," as many viewers "felt duped by the coverage" leading up to President Barack Obama's re-election victory. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  People & Personalities 
  • Ohio radio host returns to airwaves after suspension
    The afternoon host at WDJQ in Canton, Ohio, who was suspend after mocking a disabled woman on air returned to his regular role Monday. "I regret hurting the girl's feelings but again want to reiterate that I did not know beforehand that she was [developmentally disabled]. I did not knowingly bully a disabled girl," said the host, named Mo. (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 2013 NAB Show: Opportunities for businesses
    Does your company want creative and interactive ways to target buyers among the world's largest gathering of media and entertainment professionals? Consider advertising and sponsorship opportunities at NAB Show. If NAB Show offerings do not provide a perfect match for your company marketing needs, NAB can customize a program. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Legislative & Regulatory 
  • STELA renewal hearing is set; NAB to testify
    Reauthorization of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act is scheduled to be discussed at a House communications subcommittee hearing on Wednesday. The NAB is among those asked to testify on the act, which allows satellite operators to deliver distant signals to customers unable to receive a viewable signal from local TV affiliates. Broadcasting & Cable (2/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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