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January 9, 2013News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • Sprint announces plan to produce smartphones with FM chips
    Sprint on Tuesday announced it has agreed to produce Android- and Windows-based smartphones with FM radio chips. The deal was brokered by Jeff Smulyan, CEO of Emmis Communications, whose company has collaborated with the NAB on the NextRadio application that will be used in the smartphones. "This opportunity combines the strengths of the Sprint network with the impact of America's radio stations," said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. "It is the type of business-to-business partnership that recognizes the unique strengths of the wireless networks and the radio industry and provides services that are so important to the American people." Broadcasting & Cable (1/8), Radio Ink (1/8), (1/8), Radio World (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CBS plans second-screen blitz for Super Bowl: CBS is going all-out with a second-screen presentation of Super Bowl XLVII, with plans calling for special camera angles, a live stream of the halftime show with Beyonce and videos of ads available as soon as they are shown on the network feed. "We have developed a deeply integrated second-screen environment that perfectly complements the television broadcast of the game, from the pre-game show to the presentation of the Lombardi Trophy," said CBS Interactive President Jim Lanzone in a statement. Broadcasting & Cable (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Donations are sought to revive Cincinnati broadcast honors
    Mike Martini, Media Heritage archives president and WMKV-FM producer and host, hopes to revive the Greater Cincinnati Broadcast Hall of Fame, which hasn't added a member in 20 years. Martini is looking for $10,000 to relaunch the program. "It's been 20 years -- it's time to do it," Martini said. (1/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • IP, cloud will be on docket for Broadcast Engineering confab
    The lineup for the Broadcast Engineering Conference during April's NAB Show in Las Vegas will feature sessions on such topics as "IP for Radio," "Spectrum Matters" and "Cloud Based Storage." The conference also will offer a panel on EAS, a forum for radio engineers and an IEEE-BTS tutorial on "IP in the Broadcast Plant." Radio World (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • DISH bid for Clearwire could be aimed at Sprint partnership
    DISH Network has submitted a counterbid for Clearwire, offering 33-cents-per-share more than Sprint, which already had a buyout agreement with the wireless-service provider. One analyst said the move could be DISH's way of leveraging a partnership with Sprint as it seeks an entry point into the wireless industry. Bloomberg (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • ESPN lands big audience for BCS National Championship
    ESPN scored the second-largest cable audience ever for Monday's BCS National Championship Game between Alabama and Notre Dame. The telecast attracted 26.4 million viewers and a 15.1 household rating, second only to the 2011 BCS Championship, which tallied 27.3 million viewers. Separately, ESPN issued an apology for comments made during the game by play-by-play man Brent Musburger, who exclaimed, "What a beautiful woman!" when cameras showed Katherine Webb, the girlfriend of Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron. Broadcasting & Cable (1/8), The Hollywood Reporter (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Radio's Alex Jones, CNN host engage in heated gun-control debate
    Blogs and social media lit up on Tuesday following talk radio host Alex Jones' incendiary appearance on CNN's "Piers Morgan Tonight." Jones, a gun-rights advocate, and Morgan, who has called for stricter gun control, took part in a fierce, mostly one-sided debate, with the radio host predicting that "1776 will commence again if you try to take our firearms." Jones was responsible for a petition that sought to deport Morgan to his home country, the U.K., over his views. CNN (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Sources: FCC report on derecho storm praises broadcast's efforts
    A draft report from the Federal Communications Commission about communications outages during last summer's derecho storm praises broadcasters for providing critical information during the incident, while calling for wired and wireless providers to satisfy their own best practices, sources say. In related news, the FCC on Feb. 5 will hold the first of several field hearings on communications problems during October's Superstorm Sandy. Broadcasting & Cable (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Ill. Legislature approves emergency-access bill
    The Illinois Legislature has unanimously approved a measure that would allow broadcasters and cablers in the state to receive credentials that grant them access to their facilities during emergencies. "This legislation recognizes the important role local broadcasters serve in times of emergencies and disasters and ensures that key personnel needed to keep stations operational during times of emergencies will have access to their facilities ... allowing us to do what we do best during emergency situations," said Dennis Lyle, president and CEO of the Illinois Broadcasters Association. Radio World (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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