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May 15, 2012News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • Broadcasters question fairness of FCC policies
    Broadcasters believe the Federal Communications Commission is showing "bias" against their industry by proposing potentially harmful spectrum policy and putting in place political ad rules that don't apply to cable TV and other media rivals. The FCC says broadcasting still has a place as "an important source of vital information for Americans," but broadcasters question whether its one-to-many model is being squeezed out. "When you ask people: 'Do you want your free TV or your smartphone?' They will say, 'I want both.' We are the country that invented broadcast TV, and we may be on the road to being the only country in the world without a broadcast band uniquely dedicated to a broadcast signal. That isn't a good thing for America," said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. Politico (Washington, D.C.) (5/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Sinclair extends Fox affiliation for 19 stations
    Nineteen Sinclair Broadcast Group stations will be Fox affiliates for five more years under an agreement between the network and Sinclair. The accord also includes an option for Sinclair to acquire Fox's MNT affiliate in Baltimore, WUTB, while Fox will have the option to buy three MNT stations from Sinclair. TVNewsCheck (free registration) (5/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NBC, affiliates move closer to system of joint retrans negotiations
    NBC and its affiliates have taken a "good first step" toward potentially having the network handle retransmission consent negotiations for the stations, according to Brian Lawlor, the outgoing chairman of the affiliates board. Under the new arrangement, NBC, during retrans talks for its owned-and-operated stations with an MVPD, would request that the same terms be offered to other affiliates. The affiliates would have a final say on the terms, and the MVPD also could opt out. Broadcasting & Cable (5/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rebekah Brooks faces charge in News Corp. phone-hacking scandal
    British authorities have filed a charge of interfering with a police investigation against Rebekah Brooks, a former top News Corp. executive and ally of company chief Rupert Murdoch and British Prime Minister David Cameron. Brooks' husband, secretary, driver and security staff from News Corp.'s British newspaper unit News International also were charged as part of the ongoing phone-hacking scandal. Some 50 people have been arrested in the investigation. Reuters (5/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Telemundo will make original content push as part of rebranding
    Telemundo will boost original content by 40% this fall and unveil a new tagline meant to represent the "duality" of Hispanics trying to balance their ethnic traditions with their status as Americans, executives said at the network's upfront. The tagline won't be revealed until fall, but the network said its brand message is "Brave New Telemundo." New programming will include a reality competition, six prime-time telenovelas and a pair of daytime shows. The Hollywood Reporter (5/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Radio Music License Committee, BMI reach tentative settlement
    The Radio Music License Committee has reached a new deal with BMI that would end a long-running lawsuit between the parties. The agreement, subject to court approval, would be applied for more than 7.5 million works licensed by BMI and cover the period from January 2010 through December 2016. Financial terms were not released. Radio Ink (5/15), (5/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • U.S. opinion splits over Facebook ahead of IPO
    Americans are divided on Facebook's potential return on investment, according to those surveyed in an Associated Press-CNBC poll in advance of the company's IPO. Half of those questioned said they believe Facebook is a good bet, but half also indicate they think the social networking site is only a fad. The poll showed younger people were more likely to have an optimistic attitude toward Facebook's IPO. (Phoenix)/The Associated Press (5/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: 3DTV is still not popular, but it has life
    Fewer than one-quarter of prospective television buyers in the U.S. want to purchase a 3DTV, according to the Consumer Electronics Association. Bad news for 3DTV adoption? Not necessarily, this analysis says. "The consumers we talk to want their TVs to be smart and they want them to be 3D," said Richard Doherty of Envisioneering. (5/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Broadcast Programming 
  • NBC, Fox go for the laughs with fall schedule
    NBC this fall will continue to bolster its comedy slate by adding four comedies and bringing back six others. The network also is trying to stabilize its Thursday night sitcom block by bringing back "The Office" for a final season under creator Greg Daniels. Fox Broadcasting is also emphasizing comedy, with three new sitcoms in the works, including a show starring Mindy Kaling of "The Office." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (5/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  People & Personalities 
  • Ex-White House press secretary shines on "Jeopardy!"
    In the first of a series of "Jeopardy!" showdowns involving Washington political and journalistic figures this week, former White House press secretary Robert Gibbs on Monday defeated Lizzie O'Leary of CNN and Chris Matthews of MSNBC. Winnings go to participants' favorite charities. Multichannel News (5/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Upstate N.Y. broadcasting veteran Rick Knight dies
    Upstate New York broadcasting veteran Rick Knight, 59, has died. The morning host at WNYQ in Glens Falls suffered a heart attack while mowing his lawn. "Rick was a friend to everyone, and his passing leaves a huge hole in the hearts of not only his family and colleagues, but also all North Country radio listeners," said general manager Mike Thompson. Radio Ink (5/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NAB News 
  • Now Open: Registration for the 2012 Radio Show
    Register now for the 2012 Radio Show, held in Dallas Sept. 19-21. The conference program will cover sales and marketing, programming, advertising and research, finance, management, technology, professional development and legal and regulatory issues. On Thursday, Sept. 20, NAB will host the prestigious Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show. The Radio Show Marketplace will feature exhibits highlighting the latest technology and solutions for the Radio business, a networking lounge and special events. The Radio Show is produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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