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March 8, 2013News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • Apple said to want lower royalty rate than Pandora for new service
    Apple reportedly has offered music labels about 6 cents per 100 songs streamed for its proposed music service, about half the amount they are receiving from Pandora. Although the proposed Apple service would create new revenue for the labels, they are said to be reluctant to accept a lower royalty rate at the same time they are lobbying against congressional efforts to reduce Pandora's royalties. New York Post (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NAB backs new AP Stylebook rules for mental illness
    NAB is encouraging its members to adopt the Associated Press Stylebook changes for covering mental health issues. The changes include using the description of "mentally ill" only when it's relevant to news coverage and backed by an official diagnosis, refraining from the use of "derogatory terms" except when they're part of an essential quote and trying not to use mental health language in a non-health context. "Do not assume that mental illness is a factor in a violent crime, and verify statements to that effect. A past history of mental illness is not necessarily a reliable indicator," the new style entry says. Broadcasting & Cable (3/7), (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SXSW gives glimpses into possible futures for TV
    Remote-control functionality may be the key to the future of second-screen devices and TV itself, maintain some analysts at this year's South by Southwest Interactive Festival. But that's not the only way forward, with Google TV and similar technology showing promise as well, writes Vijay Ravindran. The Washington Post (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NAB Show will spotlight 10 "Sprockit" startups
    NAB has issued invitations to 10 startups to make presentations at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. The "Sprockit" program participants include content creators such as FlixMaster, a cloud-based video platform; content management companies such as Localytics, a mobile marketing and analytics system for applications; and content-delivery providers such as Tivli, a live-streaming TV service aimed at college students. The Hollywood Reporter (free content) (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Broadcast Programming 
  • CBS Radio to showcase artists in exclusive Amplify initiative
    Established and rising artists will be showcased in a CBS Radio national initiative featuring exclusive content to engage fans. The Amplify initiative, which kicks off with Justin Timberlake and Blake Shelton, will reach out across music genres and tap into listeners' habit of turning to radio to discover new talent, said CBS Radio President Dan Mason. (3/7), Radio Ink (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Is Howard Stern in line for NBC's "Late Night"?
    Sources say NBC is considering radio shock jock Howard Stern, who is also a judge on its "America's Got Talent," as a potential successor to Jimmy Fallon as host of its "Late Night" franchise. Fallon is said be on the road to taking over the reins of "The Tonight Show" from Jay Leno in 2014, but nothing official has been announced by NBC, this article notes. New York Post (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Few ad spots remain for NCAA men's basketball tournament
    CBS and Turner Sports have "virtually sold out" the ad inventory for this year's NCAA Men's Basketball Championship, with 2% to 3% of commercial slots still available, sales executives for the networks said. Ad rates reportedly are about $100,000 for a 30-second commercial for opening-round games, $650,000 to $750,000 for regional finals and $1.7 million for the finals on April 8. Broadcasting & Cable (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: Studios' digital sales rose following closing of file-sharing site
    The federal shutdown of file-sharing site Megaupload in 2012 helped boost revenue from digital sales and movie rentals for two top Hollywood studios by 6% to 10% in a dozen countries, according to research by Brett Danaher and Michael Smith. The Justice Department filed charges more than a year ago against site founder Kim Dotcom and six others for allegedly circulating more than $500 million in copyrighted content. The report does not name the studios, which cooperated with researchers without having "editorial control or oversight." IDEA at Carnegie Mellon University (3/7), Multichannel News (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  People & Personalities 
  • BFA to recognize 6 leaders at NAB Show event
    The Broadcasters Foundation of America will recognize six individuals with its Ward L. Quaal Leadership Awards, which will be handed out during the group's annual breakfast at the NAB Show on April 10 in Las Vegas. This year's honorees are Skip Finley, managing partner of Noepe Communications; Alan Frank, retired president-CEO of Post-Newsweek Stations; David Kennedy, ex-president-CEO of Susquehanna Media Co.; Mike McKinnon, president-CEO of McKinnon Broadcasting; Charles Osgood of CBS News; and Bob Schmidt, retired president-CEO of Eagle Communications. TVNewsCheck (free registration) (3/8), Radio Ink (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • James Ackerman, cable executive and broker, is dead at 88
    James Ackerman, who led Indiana's Cardinal Communications for more than two decades and was vice chairman of cable broker Communications Equity Associates, died Saturday in Carmel, Ind. He was 88. Ackerman is credited with helping provide financing to some of cable's biggest success stories, including John Malone, Bob Magness and Bill Daniels. Multichannel News (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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