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February 22, 2013News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • Who will take Genachowski's post if he leaves the FCC?
    As Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski's five-year term nears its June 30 end, there is much talk about whether he will exit the post, Sam Gustin writes. The three top candidates for the position, if Genachowski departs, reportedly are Tom Wheeler, a telecom expert and former cable and wireless industry lobbyist; Karen Kornbluh, ambassador to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; and Larry Strickling, administrator of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration. (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business & Industry Report 
  • Obama turns to radio interviews to advance his budget argument
    President Barack Obama on Thursday taped radio interviews with prominent African-American radio hosts Al Sharpton, Yolanda Adams and Joe Madison as he sought to advance his case for replacing upcoming automatic budget cuts with a mix of new tax revenues and cuts. Obama's radio push came a day after sitting down for interviews with eight local television stations. USA Today (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Study: Radio, TV crucial sources of utility info after Sandy
    Radio and TV were the among the leading ways that utility customers in the Northeast learned about power outages after Hurricane Sandy last year, according to a study by J.D. Power and Associates. Twenty-nine percent of affected residents got their utility information through radio or TV, second only to the 37% who called utilities. (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Fox cites streaming, recording as reasons to block DISH DVR
    Fox has petitioned a federal court in California to put a halt to DISH Network's Hopper DVR, saying its new streaming and recording features are in violation of the satcaster's pact with Fox and copyright law. "Dish's licensing agreement with Fox gives Dish only the limited right to retransmit Fox's live broadcast signal over Dish's satellite television distribution system," Fox wrote. Fox previously had sought to block the DVR because of its ad-skipping feature. Multichannel News (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Miami FM pirate is not bashful about lawbreaking
    Miami FM pirate Gary M. Feldman has been slapped with a $25,000 fine that comes on top of a previously unpaid $10,000 fine for repeated operations of pirate FM stations that date back to 2004. In the latest infractions last year, after a warning by authorities to shut down, Feldman instead moved his station from his home to a commercial building and even had a website that streamed station content. (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NAB Show will field Radio Frequency Boot Camp
    A Radio Frequency Boot Camp will be offered on April 10 during the Broadcast Engineering Conference at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. The daylong session has been developed by NAB Labs to provide an overview of how radio frequency transmissions are used to deliver audio and video content. Radio Ink (2/21), (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Why HD Radio's success will require stations' best efforts
    With 4.5 million new HD radios being sold in 2012, according to iBiquity, it's time for stations to "put on our best and show our new audiences just what we can do with digital," writes Michael LeClair of WBUR in Boston. "It's time to improve your digital coverage with higher power HD -- with the new car radios, you can get further than your existing analog. Get that time alignment into shape ... Think about ways that messaging, and even graphics, might add to your station." Radio World (2/21), Radio World (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Analysis: Why broadcast nets are struggling to find viewers
    The winter ratings slide of the top four broadcast networks has more to do with changes in how TV is consumed than the quality of the offerings, Toni Fitzgerald writes. Among the factors pushing down ratings are the increasing use of DVRs, competition from popular cable shows such as AMC's "The Walking Dead" and an absence of "must-see" live events beyond the Super Bowl, Grammys and Oscars, according to Fitzgerald. Media Life (2/22) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Cablevision customers are asked to cover sports' high cost
    Cablevision, starting in April, will add a $2.98 sports programming surcharge to the regular fees for its packages beginning at the Family and Value levels. The cabler also is boosting the price of its Optimum Business TV service by $4 a month and its Optimum en Espanol by $2. DIRECTV and Verizon also have imposed new fees on customers to cover rising sports expenses. Multichannel News (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  People & Personalities 
  • Joe Garagiola steps down from broadcast booth at 87
    Joe Garagiola, who parlayed a professional baseball career into a long, Hall of Fame career as a sports commentator, has retired at the age of 87. "I really appreciate everything that has happened to me," Garagiola said. "I don't deserve a lot things that happened to me, but I remember Jack Benny said he had arthritis, and he didn't deserve that either." Yahoo/Reuters (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NAB News 
  • Now Available -- Radio Rules: A Guide to FCC Policies and Procedures for On-Air Staff
    How can you help your employees avoid regulatory pitfalls and fines? Provide them with the revised "Radio Rules: A Guide to FCC Policies and Procedures for On-Air Staff." Written by NAB attorneys and updated for 2013, this booklet contains critical information on relevant laws and FCC rules. Topics include contests, libel, indecency and public files. Order as many as needed, as NAB members receive a substantial bulk discount. For more information and to purchase, visit the NAB Store. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Legislative & Regulatory 
  • FCC's Pai makes case for agency reform
    The Federal Communications Commission should formalize its 180-day shot clock for merger reviews and post an online dashboard to track its performance, among other reforms, FCC member Ajit Pai said in remarks prepared for the Federal Communications Bar Association. The FCC's processes also would benefit from a Republican-backed bill to streamline the Notices of Proposed Rulemaking; under the current media ownership rules review, for example, the FCC is considering doing away with joint sales agreements for TV stations based on a nine-year-old NPRM, Pai said. Broadcasting & Cable (2/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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