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December 7, 2012News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • More time, money is needed for national emergency network
    The long-sought goal of developing a national emergency communications network for first responders is still years away from being realized and still isn't fully funded, even if $5 billion in proceeds from the incentive spectrum auction is applied to it, according to this article. One of the major challenges for the network is that it would depend on commercial cellphone networks, which were disabled by Hurricane Sandy due to a combination of cell towers collapsing, power going out and backup systems being flooded. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Broadcasters can rejoice at Jim DeMint's Senate exit
    The announced departure of Jim DeMint from the Senate means considerable relief for broadcasters. DeMint will no longer be seated as the ranking Republican member of the Senate panel overseeing communications policy, in which role he would have been pushing for the Next Generation Television Marketplace Act, which is opposed by the NAB. MediaPost Communications/TVBlog (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • DeMint should help raise profile of the Heritage Foundation: The Heritage Foundation is likely to get a boost to its national profile with the hiring of Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., as its new leader. "I'm hoping they broaden the conservative horizon and become the catalyst for developing new ideas based on the principles, rather than attack Republicans for being insufficiently conservative," said Jack Howard, vice chairman of Wexler Walker Public Policy Associates. DeMint's move likely means that Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., will become the ranking member of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. Roll Call (free content) (12/6), Roll Call (free content) (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Accused Trayvon Martin shooter files suit against NBC
    George Zimmerman, the accused shooter of Trayvon Martin, has filed a defamation lawsuit against NBC and three reporters who covered the story for the network or one of its stations, claiming edited versions of 911 tapes made him seem like a racist. An NBC representative denied the claim, saying, "There was no intent to portray Mr. Zimmerman unfairly. We intend to vigorously defend our position in court." TVNewsCheck (free registration)/The Associated Press (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • CBS to turn Super Bowl into weeklong broadcasting event
    Hoping to get everything possible out of the best ratings generator of the year, CBS will launch nearly a week's worth of Super Bowl programming preceding the Feb. 3 game. Multiplatform coverage and 15 different shows are planned beginning Jan. 28. "If you have the biggest event on television, it's important to maximize that value, not just for the sports division but for the rest of corporation as well," said CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus. The Hollywood Reporter (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Can Apple retain its edge over smartphone rivals?
    Apple, whose shares have fallen 22% over the past few months, must ensure that smartphone rivals don't improve their software "walled gardens" to the extent that it can no longer charge a premium for its devices, Rolfe Winkler writes. "As long as Apple can keep its software leading edge -- and avoid more mistakes like the maps fiasco that frustrated users -- its recurring business should keep generating big returns for shareholders," Winkler writes. The Wall Street Journal (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Glenn Beck, Vince Vaughn team for online reality series
    Contestants will vie for financing and distribution of their documentary features in a reality TV series launched via a partnership that brings together Glenn Beck and Vince Vaughn. The series, "Pursuit of the Truth," will appear on Beck's TheBlaze online network. Deadline.com (12/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  People & Personalities 
  • Univision exec gets top honor from Radio Ink
    Jose Valle, president of Univision Radio, has been named Radio Ink's Executive of the Year. Valle was cited for his innovative approach to running Univision's radio division, which includes 75 stations in 16 major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico. Radio Ink (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NAB News 
  • NAB membership: With one voice, we are stronger
    As broadcasters' voice in the nation's capital, NAB fights for policies that preserve and strengthen free, local broadcasting. Our success as an industry is not possible without the engagement and unity of our members. With ONE VOICE, we are stronger. Learn about NAB benefits. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Legislative & Regulatory 
  • Status of election-ad mandate, lawsuit is up in the air
    Broadcasters have not decided whether to continue with a lawsuit over a federal mandate to post TV station election-ad information and rates online, NAB spokesman Dennis Wharton said. The lawsuit was put on hold, pending a review of the requirement's impact. Some public interest groups have complained that the effort by the Federal Communications Commission failed in its transparency goal, but the agency has not said whether or how it will change the process. ProPublica (12/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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