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January 31, 2013News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • Jury: No defamation in Bubba the Love Sponge case
    Radio personality Bubba the Love Sponge Clem did not defame rival host Todd "MJ Kelli" Schnitt, a jury in Tampa, Fla., has found, putting an end to a five-year legal battle. The outcome is a reminder that "it is difficult, at best, for a public figure such as a radio air personality and his wife that had commensurate notoriety to claim defamation when each appeared to willingly engage in the mud fight," writes communications attorney John F. Garziglia. Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (1/30), Radio Ink (1/31) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business & Industry Report 
  • NBC affiliates make pitch for FCC to keep JSAs
    Leaders of the NBC TV affiliates board, during a meeting with Federal Communications Commission staff, called for media ownership rules to be relaxed, according to federal filings. Barring that outcome, the affiliates urged the FCC to maintain the current joint sales agreement system, saying it has helped allow TV to deliver "strong and valued" journalism. Broadcasting & Cable (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NATPE is pleased with conference turnout, activity
    With the industry recovering nicely from a challenging period, this year's NATPE conference in Miami saw lots of content buying and selling and a double-digit percentage boost in attendance. "A lot more deals got done than people expected. We want people to look back and say, 'NATPE is where that deal happened or where the next great idea was sparked,' " said Jordan Levin, NATPE board chairman. TVNewsCheck (free registration) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bahakel says it's near extension with Fox in S.C.
    Bahakel Communications says it is close to securing an extension of the Fox affiliation for its station in Myrtle Beach, S.C. Bahakel's station in Charlotte, N.C., is losing its Fox affiliation after the network announced it had bought two stations in the area. Broadcasting & Cable (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Struble: HD radio will continue to make strides in 2013
    There are now almost 11 million HD Radio receivers in the market and almost 2,200 stations that have converted to the technology, according an industry update provided by iBiquity Digital President and CEO Bob Struble. More than 30 automakers this year will be offering HD Radio systems in more than 160 models, with half of those including the technology as a standard feature. Radio Ink (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  People & Personalities 
  • Mass. Democratic primary for Senate seat will be study in contrasts
    Socially conservative Massachusetts Rep. Stephen F. Lynch is going up against progressive Rep. Ed Markey in the primary to determine the Democratic Party's nominee for a special Senate election to replace Sen. John Kerry. Markey is being supported by Kerry, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, former Rep. Barney Frank and some labor groups, while Lynch will have backing from local unions. Roll Call (free content) (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NAB News 
  • New: The Television Industry: A Market-by-Market Review 2013
    This unique publication provides current projections on television advertising revenues for 210 markets. The 2012-2016 projections account for the unprecedented political advertising dollars spent in key battleground states and in state and local elections. This proprietary analysis will help you spot industry trends, identify investment opportunities and compare market performance and demographics. Available only from The NAB Store; list price $395, member price $316. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Legislative & Regulatory 
  • Senate gun-violence hearing is mainly about legal system
    The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday on gun violence largely focused on whether current laws were sufficient. Witnesses included former Arizona Rep. Gabby Giffords, a victim of gun violence, and NRA spokesman Wayne LaPierre. The issue of violence in video games was mentioned by LaPierre and others but was largely a secondary issue. Multichannel News (1/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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