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February 26, 2013News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • Cox sells 5 TV outlets to Sinclair
    Cox Media Group, as part of its new focus on larger markets, has sold five TV outlets to Sinclair Broadcast Group. The portfolio consists of Fox affiliate KFOX in El Paso, Texas, NBC station WJAC in Johnstown, Pa., Fox-MyNetworkTV stations KRXI-KAME in Reno, Nev., and NBC affiliate WTOV in Steubenville, Ohio. The terms of the sale, which requires approval from regulators, were not made public. Broadcasting & Cable (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • ABC pushes partnership with affiliates for TV Everywhere
    The Disney/ABC Television Group wants to make ABC TV available everywhere by partnering with its affiliates to bring the network to mobile devices. "ABC would charge affiliates for the programming rights, but they could recoup those fees and perhaps make a profit by charging operators as they do for retransmission consent," writes Harry A. Jessell. TVNewsCheck (free registration) (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NAB picks 50 finalists for Crystal Radio Awards
    NAB has named 50 finalists for its 26th Annual Crystal Radio Awards honoring stations for their year-round community service efforts. The winners will be revealed at the Radio Luncheon on April 9 at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. Radio Ink (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: Radio finds its mojo online with 22% revenue jump
    Radio looks to have found its way with digital, tallying a 22% jump in online revenue in 2012, compared with the year prior, Borrell Associates has found. "It looks like quite a few groups are breaking out and even challenging their newspaper and TV competitors for a slice of that very large digital pie," said Gordon Borrell, CEO of Borrell Associates. "I hope the data in this report will show radio general managers and general sales managers that it is entirely possible to generate millions in digital sales, and that there's a high likelihood that these sales hold significant profit margins." Radio Business Report (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Defining a hit show is getting more complex as metrics evolve
    Nielsen's move to expand its TV viewing metric to include multiple platforms is part of an evolution of how we define "watching TV" and could change the definition of what constitutes a hit TV show, experts say. Compounding the issue is the lack of immediacy of more inclusive ratings, with live-plus-seven-day numbers, for example, not being released until three weeks after the original airing. "We have to basically train the entire industry to no longer look at the fastest information, which is preliminary and not necessarily reflective of what the reality is," said CBS research chief David Poltrack. TVNewsCheck (free registration)/The Associated Press (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Streaming service Aereo bows campaign as it expands
    The streaming TV service Aereo "has been relying on word of mouth" when it was testing in New York, but now that it is expanding to several new markets, it has enlisted former Rockstar Games marketer Alex Moulle-Berteaux in anticipation of a multimillion-dollar campaign to reach those who have cut -- or never signed up for -- cable, writes Jeanine Poggi. The campaign will include outdoor ads with the tagline "Live TV. Online. No cable required." Advertising Age (tiered subscription model) (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sources: Google is planning paid music service
    Google reportedly is in talks with major music labels to launch a paid streaming service that would compete with Spotify. The online giant, which is also negotiating for music rights for videos for its YouTube site, is aiming to unveil the music service in Q3, sources said. Bloomberg Businessweek (2/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 2013 NAB Show: Must-attend conferences
    Looking for conferences designed to help you succeed in a continuously transforming marketplace? Sign up for a SMART Pass or Conference Flex Pass to access sessions in conferences such as Technology Summit on Cinema, Cloud Computing, Disruptive Media and Military and Government. View a sample of sessions in each conference. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Enter your station: Celebration of Service to America Awards
    Nominate your station for the 2013 Celebration of Service to America Awards, recognizing local broadcasters' outstanding public service. Stations can win for individual campaigns, programs that focus on serving children and overall community service efforts. The NAB Education Foundation will honor winners at the Celebration of Service to America dinner on Monday, June 3, at the Washington Convention Center. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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