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February 14, 2013News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • Walden: Several options will be considered for STELA's future
    The House communications subcommittee is open to several options in its consideration of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act, including a "clean" reauthorization that would keep the status quo, an expansion of the measure's provisions or a move to end the compulsory license, the panel's chairman, Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., said Wednesday. Broadcasters may be open to ending the license, which allows for distant signals to be imported into a market without the need for retransmission-consent negotiations, but NAB's Jane Mago said it was too soon to endorse such a proposal. Broadcasting & Cable (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Radio reigns as dominant medium across the globe
    Despite the fuss over consumer migration to digital devices, radio remains dominant among adult listeners in the U.S., with audiences eight times larger than those for satellite radio and 17 times larger than for Internet audio streaming. Elsewhere in the world, radio is nearly universal and is often the most reliable medium for reaching listeners across the broadest landscape, Matt Petronzio writes in recognizing UNESCO's second annual World Radio Day. Mashable (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NBCU wants to play catch-up on fees, ad rates
    NBCUniversal, in an attempt to narrow the "monetization gap" between it and its peers, plans to raise carriage and retransmission-consent fees, as well as ad rates, for NBC, its cable networks and about two dozen NBC and Telemundo owned-and-operated stations, NBCU CEO Steve Burke said. "Our affiliate fees are not what they should be, both in terms of the cable channels and retransmission consent," Burke said during a call with analysts. "On the advertising side, our CPMs are lower than some of the other people in the business who have lower ratings than we do." Multichannel News (2/13), The Hollywood Reporter (free content) (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • LIN reorganizing after pulling out of NBC joint venture
    LIN Television Corp. is reorganizing itself as LIN Media LLC as part of its strategy to leave a joint venture for NBC outlets in Dallas and San Diego. Under the plan, LIN has paid $100 million to pull out of the partnership with General Electric Capital and NBC, and it is using the newly created LLC to protect against possible capital gains tax liabilities. Radio Business Report (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Researcher: UHF repacking is a problem for TV converter boxes
    Research reveals that Federal Communications Commission repacking of the UHF band will lead to some interference with converter boxes for over-the-air TV, writes consultant Charles Rhodes. This is especially the case when two U signals are present, which will happen far more often after repacking. (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Live coverage of shootout draws big numbers to L.A. news outlets
    Los Angeles' six local broadcast stations saw their ratings soar Tuesday night for their live coverage of the shootout between police and fugitive Christopher Dorner. The outlets garnered a combined audience of more than 2 million, more than twice the number that usually tunes in at 5 p.m. KABC attracted 708,000 viewers, improving its rating by 110% over its February sweeps-to-date average, while KCBS and KCAL together tallied 680,000 viewers. The Hollywood Reporter (free content) (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Library of Congress tasks panel with collecting radio content
    The Library of Congress' preservation board has been asked to set up a special panel "to develop strategies and tools to collect and preserve radio broadcast content." The effort is aimed at filling a gap in the nation's record keeping in the absence of any system for cataloging "American commercial radio programming at the national and local levels," the library states. Radio World (2/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Check out the NAB Television Financial Report
    The 2012 NAB Television Financial Report is the most comprehensive resource on station revenues and expenses in the U.S., providing a comparative analysis of revenue earnings across markets, by station affiliation and revenue categories. With more than 10 revenue and 15 expense categories covered, this publication serves as a tool for station owners and managers to benchmark station revenue and expenses. Available from the NAB Store, the list price is $325, and $260 for members. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2013 NAB Show: Opportunities for businesses
    Does your company want creative and interactive ways to target buyers among the world's largest gathering of media and entertainment professionals? Consider advertising and sponsorship opportunities at NAB Show. If NAB Show offerings do not provide a perfect match for your company marketing needs, NAB can customize a program. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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