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February 4, 2013News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • Super Bowl sets record for metered markets
    Sunday's Super Bowl achieved the highest ratings ever among metered markets, narrowly edging 2011's game with a 48.1 rating and 71 share. The ratings exclude a half-hour block when the game was delayed due to a power outage in the stadium. Baltimore, home of the champion Ravens, had the highest ratings among the 56 metered markets, while San Francisco, home of the defeated 49ers, finished outside of the top 10. Box blog (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Big game suffers from big delay due to power outage: CBS' coverage of the Super Bowl on Sunday was disrupted by a 30-minute power outage early in the second half at the Superdome in New Orleans. CBS' on-air team scrambled to fill the time by providing analysis before power was restored. The network said it was still able to honor its commitments to its sponsors despite the interruption. The Associated Press (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Beyonce delivered in live Super Bowl performance: Beyonce overcame criticism about her decision to use a prerecorded vocal track at the presidential inauguration by delivering an intense live performance at the Super Bowl halftime show, Jon Caramanica writes. "[S]he balanced explosions and humanity, imperiousness with warmth, an arena-ready sense of scale with a microscopic approach to the details of her vocals," he writes. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Emmis gives details of FM chip deal with Sprint
    Under the FM chip deal recently announced by Emmis and Sprint, a minimum of 30 million phones will be equipped with the chip, and Sprint will receive $15 million in station ad inventory in each of the next three years. Sprint will also have a 30% share of each part of interactive advertising business, according to Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan. Radio World (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Online programs/issues reporting for some TV stations waived
    If a TV station's license renewal has been delayed for reasons not pertaining to programs or issues, the station is not required to post its historic programs/issues list on the Federal Communications Commission's website, the agency has ruled. The deadline for converting to online files is today. Multichannel News (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Broadcast Programming 
  • Donny Osmond to wrap syndicated radio show after 3-year run
    Donny Osmond will end his syndicated radio program in March after a three-year run, although he will continue to produce daily features for United Stations Radio Network. "Radio has always been an influential medium in my career. To have enjoyed hosting my own syndicated show has been a dream come true," Osmond said. Radio Ink (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Critic: Super Bowl ads largely missed the mark
    This year's crop of Super Bowl ads, despite a few standouts from Bud Light, Mercedes-Benz and Taco Bell, failed to impress advertising columnist Stuart Elliott. The ads "represented a missed opportunity for marketers and agencies to demonstrate that they had at least some understanding of how contemporary consumers think and behave," he writes. "Alas, the so-called creative minds of Madison Avenue chose once again to fall back on familiar strategies and themes that would have appealed more to viewers during the Eisenhower, Nixon, Reagan or Clinton administrations." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: Time Warner Cable CEO Glenn Britt will exit at end of 2013
    Glenn Britt, chief executive of Time Warner Cable since 2001, reportedly plans to leave the post when his contract expires at the end of the year. Rob Marcus, the company's president and chief operating officer, is said to be a likely choice to take the job. A Time Warner Cable spokesman said Britt "is currently under contract" and "if and when that changes, we will announce it." The Wall Street Journal (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Would pay TV ever adopt a usage-based model?
    If pay-TV providers continue to resist calls to switch to an a la carte programming model, perhaps they will accede to another potential game-changer -- usage-based pricing, Ted Johnson writes. "If [bandwidth] costs force Internet providers into more usage-based pricing, why not apply it to TV too? You don't select the channels you get but at least pay for how much you watch," he writes. Variety (subscription required) (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  People & Personalities 
  • Incoming House Judiciary leader isn't chasing headlines
    Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., the incoming chairman of the powerful House Judiciary Committee, is keeping a low profile, in part because he is a potential target of the tea party in the next election. Although Goodlatte will get to weigh in on hot topics, such as gun control and immigration, "[h]is real passion appears to be Internet and intellectual copyright issues," Jonathan Strong writes. Goodlatte was a major supporter of an anti-online piracy measure that failed in the previous Congress. Roll Call (free content) (2/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NAB News 
  • Next Week: Cluster Management Best Practices for Radio
    The NAB Virtual Academy for Radio: Big Ideas for Small Markets continues on Feb. 12 with "Ten Ways to Master Managing Multiple Stations," featuring Delmarva Broadcasting's Pete Booker, Neuhoff Communications' Mike Hulvey and West Virginia Radio's Dale Miller. Topics will include organizational effectiveness, compensation structures, programming staffing principles, general communication strategies and cost-cutting measures. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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