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February 20, 2013News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • Broadcasters say "lifeline role" is helped by first-responder status
    Broadcasters have had mixed success in getting official "first responder" status at the state and national levels, with such laws in place in Illinois and Nevada and being developed in three other states. Broadcasters in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Wisconsin work in partnership with emergency management officials to ensure they have access to their stations. However, a post-Hurricane Katrina measure to grant broadcasters first-responder status nationwide fell short. NAB said it would "strongly support" a similar measure, "given the lifeline role played by broadcasters during emergencies." TVNewsCheck (free registration) (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Political ads give Clear Channel a Q4 bounce
    Clear Channel Media and Entertainment in the fourth quarter generated a 4% growth in revenue to $821.5 million, compared with the same period in 2011, with the boost coming from political ads as well as increases in local and national ads. Political ads for the quarter totaled $40 million. Radio Ink (2/19), (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Chicago Cubs to enter talks with WGN-TV
    Nearly half of the Chicago Cubs' games will be on the line as the team prepares to renegotiate its broadcast partnership with Chicago's WGN-TV, which goes back to 1948. At stake are rights to the 2015 season and beyond. "WGN has the ability to retain those rights through 2019, provided that they're willing to pay fair market value," Cubs spokesman Julian Green said. Radio Business Report (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Report: Delayed viewing gives major boost to some series
    The CW's "The Vampire Diaries" tallied more than 50% of its viewership in the 28 days following an episode's debut from video-on-demand and DVR, according to Rentrak's first Total Audience Viewing Report, which measures live and delayed viewing. ABC's "Grey's Anatomy," Fox's "New Girl" and NBC's "Revolution" were among the top-50 shows that garnered more than one-third of their 28-day audiences from DVR and VOD views. Multichannel News (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Filing: ESPN is on track for $8.4B in yearly fees by 2017
    Time Warner Cable by midyear will be paying ESPN $5.40 per subscriber per month, with the fee set to rise to $7 by 2017 and approach $8 by 2020, according to details released as part of a lawsuit filed by DISH Network against ESPN over "most-favored nation" pacts. The $7 per subscriber per month level would result in ESPN pulling in $8.4 billion from affiliate fees, based on its 100 million-home distribution. MediaPost Communications/TVBlog (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Enter your station: Celebration of Service to America Awards
    Nominate your station for the 2013 Celebration of Service to America Awards, recognizing local broadcasters' outstanding public service. Stations can win for individual campaigns, programs that focus on serving children and overall community service efforts. The NAB Education Foundation will honor winners at the Celebration of Service to America dinner on Monday, June 3, at the Washington Convention Center. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Available now -- The Television Industry: A Market-by-Market Review 2013
    This unique publication provides current projections on television advertising revenues for 210 markets. The 2012-2016 projections account for the unprecedented political advertising dollars spent in key battleground states and in state and local elections. This proprietary analysis will help you spot industry trends, identify investment opportunities and compare market performance and demographics. Available only from The NAB Store; list price $395, member price $316. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Baltimore TV outlet is testing "next-generation" transmission
    WNUV-TV, a CW affiliate in Baltimore operated by Sinclair under a local marketing agreement, has received a six-month experimental license from the Federal Communications Commission to operate under a "next-generation" transmission model. The test, which includes other broadcasters, industry groups and vendors, could determine the viability of a standard that would encompass mobile, multiplatform and ultra-HD programming. Broadcasting & Cable (2/19) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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