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February 8, 2013News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • FCC's Pai wants rules that recognize broadcast's "vital" role
    Broadcasting, given its role as a source of local news and emergency information, cannot be supplanted by broadband, Federal Communications Commission member Ajit Pai said. "I learned about the vital service that local broadcasters provided during Superstorm Sandy. ... As we head into the future, we can't expect to substitute broadband for broadcast. Instead, we should view them as complements," he said. Of special importance, Pai said: Broadcast stations should be able to continue using joint sales agreements and shared services agreements, and rules regarding cross-ownership of newspapers and stations should be relaxed. Multichannel News (2/7), TVNewsCheck (free registration) (2/7), Radio Business Report (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business & Industry Report 
  • Cumulus CEO believes country is cool for NYC market
    Cumulus believes "there's a big thirst" for country music in New York, where it has just introduced a new station in the format, CEO Lew Dickey said in an interview. Cumulus also is investing heavily in streaming but doesn't "yet see a business model" for the platform. "What mobile is particularly good at is search and commerce," Dickey said. "The device is not particularly good for advertising." (2/8), Bloomberg Television (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Opinion: New TV standard must take multiplatform into account
    The concept of a "universal" TV standard needs to be rethought to allow over-the-air TV to remain "widely accessible" via multiple platforms, writes communications attorney John Hane. "The next standard must be chosen by the market, which will take into account all of the same factors that have made less regulated communications services (wireless and broadband) so successful -- cost, performance, flexibility, ease of use, global trends and consumer benefits," he writes. TVNewsCheck (free registration) (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Local TV stations, BMI settle dispute over licensing fees
    The Television Music License Committee and Broadcast Music Inc. have avoided a trial by agreeing to new terms for licensing pacts for local TV stations. The deal, terms of which were not specified, covers the period from Jan. 1, 2005, through Dec. 31, 2017, and applies to each outlet's primary channel, digital multicast channels, website and digital extensions. (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Cox creates award-winning breaking news team in Ohio
    Cox Media Group Ohio in 2012 created a Breaking News Team for the Dayton, Ohio, market consisting of personnel from WHIO-TV, the Dayton Daily News and a half-dozen other papers, three radio stations and several websites. The year-old unit, which received an innovation award from the Associated Press Media Editors group, has allowed other staff to pursue enterprise stories, permitting the various outlets to "cover more and do a better job," said Julia Wallace, market vice president for CMG Ohio. (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Are studios ignoring illegally uploaded YouTube movies?
    Hundreds of feature-length movies from Walt Disney Co., Columbia, Warner Bros., TriStar and others have been posted to YouTube over the past 12 months, despite the availability of the Content ID tool to block such content. None of the studios involved would comment, although Disney did block some content after being asked about it by The Wall Street Journal. According to YouTube, more than 4,000 media companies are using Content ID to protect their content. The Wall Street Journal (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Legislative & Regulatory 
  • Microphones are the latest battleground in spectrum allocation
    Wireless microphones are one key battleground as U.S. regulators try to pry open more spectrum for wireless carriers and make way for faster Wi-Fi. The microphones come into play because they use wavelengths that are particularly well-suited for large batches of data. Battling to preserve that space for their mics are diverse entities such as the NFL and megachurch pastors, which argue that different frequencies could lead to poorer performance. The Wall Street Journal (2/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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