Telecom industry demand for spectrum used by broadcasters and other wireless microphone users is posing significant challenges for groups such as nonprofit theaters, churches and schools, which are having to spend thousands of dollars to replace and upgrade wireless mic systems to access new radio frequencies. "The government certainly should be doing a better job of protecting smaller users of spectrum, including wireless audio," writes David Zweig, calling the issue an "assault on the arts."
The retransmission dispute between Univision and DISH has reached its second month, and DISH Chairman Charlie Ergen said the channel may be off permanently. In response, Univision CEO Vincent Sadusky said the company is prepared to use its networks to urge viewers to switch providers.
Tribune Media's decision this week to pull the plug on its planned merger with Sinclair Broadcasting, citing deception from Sinclair, could put a damper on the broadcaster's ability to seek new partners, Politico reports.
President Donald Trump has imposed tariffs on Canadian newsprint, creating additional strain for publications that are already struggling. Rising annual printing costs are forcing publications to make moves to reduce staff, cut their print days and, in one case, close their doors.
DIRECTV Now added 342,000 subscribers in the second quarter, steadily closing the gap with Sling TV. DIRECTV Now could surpass Sling TV and become the largest streaming service in the US this year if this rate of growth continues.
CBS has not shied away from covering allegations of inappropriate behavior and sexual harassment against CBS executives Leslie Moonves and Jeff Fager. Should the executives remain at the company post-investigation, those involved in writing and producing such stories may find themselves in uncomfortable positions, Adam Buckman writes.
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Understanding the C-band Proceeding
The FCC is currently considering transferring some or all the C-band spectrum to wireless companies for next-generation wireless services. NAB is working with users of video and radio content to ensure that broadcasters' interests are protected. Resources to better understand this possible transition and how it may impact stations are available here.