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December 3, 2012News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • Broadcast nets make case against Aereo to appeals court
    A three-judge federal appeals court panel cast doubt on whether startup streaming service Aereo had the right to retransmit broadcast content without permission, but the court did not immediately issue a decision. ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC are among the plaintiffs appealing a lower court judge's decision that cited a case involving a Cablevision DVR to allow the Barry Diller-backed service to operate. "Cablevision was a storage service, not a retransmission service," said Bruce Keller, the networks' lawyer. "Aereo is a retransmission service by its own design. Without a license, it violates copyrights." Bloomberg (11/30), The Wall Street Journal/The Associated Press (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Opinion: Spectrum auction will be FCC chairman's "legacy"
    The Washington Post got it wrong by characterizing Federal Communications Chairman Julius Genachowski as being "overly cautious," since his role in moving forward the incentive auction of broadcast spectrum is "a big deal," columnist Harry A. Jessell writes. "Although some think otherwise, I think the incentive auction is going to work," he writes. "Marginal broadcasters will take the money and run. There will be a massive reallocation of spectrum that will fuel the growth of broadband. Broadcasting will have to adapt quickly and smartly just to keep up. That's plenty of legacy for any one chairman." TVNewsCheck (free registration) (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Former Citadel CEO acquires Triad's 32 radio outlets
    Triad Broadcasting has sold its portfolio of 32 radio outlets in five markets to Larry Wilson, the former CEO of Citadel, for $21 million. Wilson plans to run the group as a separate unit from his Alpha Broadcasting, under which he owns six outlets in Portland, Ore. Radio Ink (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • "Wave" of LPFM stations is expected following FCC decision
    The Federal Communications Commission's decision to act on thousands of FM translator applications that have lingered at the agency for nearly a decade is being met with approval by the NAB, Free Press and the Prometheus Radio Project. The action on the part of the FCC is expected to result in "a wave of new radio stations" using low-power signals, according to Brandy Doyle, policy director at the Prometheus Radio Project. Broadcasters "support faithful implementation of LCRA and look forward" to collaborating with the FCC and LPFM stations, NAB spokesman Dennis Wharton said. Radio Ink (11/30), Radio Business Report (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Broadcast Programming 
  • Bob Costas enters political arena on "Sunday Night Football"
    Politics made a rare appearance on NBC's "Sunday Night Football" broadcast when announcer Bob Costas used the actions of Kansas City Chiefs linebacker Jovan Belcher, who killed his girlfriend and then took his own life, to make a point about gun control. The stance drew immediate online criticism from opponents. blog (12/3) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Broadcast TV generated $3.1 billion from election ads
    Broadcast TV garnered $3.1 billion from election ads, with $2.9 billion going to local TV outlets and the remainder to network and national spots, Wells Fargo senior analyst Marci Ryvicker found based on Kantar Media CMAG data. The amount spent on local TV was 38% more than in 2010 and 86% more than in the 2008 presidential election year. Broadcasting & Cable (11/30) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ballooning sports costs are frustrating some pay-TV customers
    With sports programming accounting for almost half of the $90 average monthly cost of pay TV, some customers are getting fed up with the absence of an a la carte option that would allow them to select their preferred channels. "Why can't I just pick and choose which channels I want?" said Ben Hoyt, 34, a video game producer in Los Angeles. "We're forced into pricing models that don't allow us to speak with our wallets." Los Angeles Times/Company Town blog (tiered subscription model) (12/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  People & Personalities 
  • Tea party favorite aims for statesmanlike role on Senate panel
    Although Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C., is better known for being a conservative thorn in his moderate and liberal colleagues' sides, he is likely to play a more constructive role as he takes over in January as the ranking member on the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee. DeMint says he sees "common ground" on some issues with the panel's chairman, Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., and believes he's in sync with Democrats on not wanting to overregulate the Internet. The Hill/Hillicon Valley blog (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Lobbyist: Capitol Hill won't be same without Rep. Berman
    Capitol Hill is losing a star lawmaker in Rep. Howard Berman, D-Calif., who has earned a reputation for his sense of fairness, good humor and attention to detail, writes Matt Gerson, head of public policy and government relations for Universal Music Group. "For the entertainment community, Howard has been an invaluable ally and leader," Gerson writes. "But he has also been an honest broker ready to point out when we are wrong or overreaching." Politico (Washington, D.C.) (12/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NAB News 
  • Join NAB Show's StartUp Loft
    Startup companies looking for the one break to accelerate entry and impact in the media and entertainment market should join NAB Show's StartUp Loft. The StartUp Loft provides new companies, whose initial offerings were not commercially available before Jan. 1, 2012, an affordable opportunity to showcase their products and services. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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