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February 28, 2013News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • Sinclair, DIRECTV face midnight retrans deadline
    Sinclair Broadcast Group and DIRECTV each said retransmission-consent negotiations are ongoing as the parties face a midnight deadline tonight. DIRECTV said "significant progress" is being made, adding that an extension of the current deal is possible if the deadline passes with final details still to be decided. But Sinclair general counsel Barry Faber said the companies would have to "reach agreement on all the terms we are discussing" in order for an extension to be considered. Multichannel News (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Smulyan: FM on smartphones is "game changer" for country stations
    Country music radio stations are losing loyal listeners when they leave their cars as they increasingly turn to mobile devices at home and on the go, Edison Research's Larry Rosin said at the Country Radio Seminar in Nashville, Tenn. Stations need to be "easily available and top of mind" for users of those devices, Rosin added. Emmis Communications CEO Jeff Smulyan, in his address to the seminar, said a deal with Sprint to make FM stations available on smartphones is a "game changer for our industry" and a potential "major revenue source for an industry that desperately needs it." The Tennessean (Nashville) (tiered subscription model)/Music blog (2/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Exec: Emmis hopes to build buzz for mobile FM: Emmis Communications, ahead of the planned summer launch of its NextRadio application to provide FM radio on Sprint smartphones, is working to activate stations and create consumer demand, according to Paul Brenner, the company's senior vice president and chief technology officer. "We have to build a road map that's compelling -- a pipeline that makes people want to tune into this," he said. Radio World (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Rockefeller to focus on media research, emergency network
    Research on how violent media content affects children is a top priority for Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., the senator said Wednesday in a statement. Rockefeller also would like to improve the digital divide, make sure consumer privacy is protected and prioritize the creation of an emergency communications network that will be paid for from the proceeds of the incentive auction of broadcast spectrum. Multichannel News (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Pandora to reduce free play on mobile devices
    Pandora, citing royalty costs, says it will limit free play of streaming music on mobile devices to 40 hours per month. "After a close look at our overall listening, a 40-hour-per-month mobile listening limit allows us to manage these escalating costs with minimal listener disruption," Pandora founder Tim Westergren wrote Wednesday in a blog post. More than three-quarters of Pandora usage involves mobile devices, according to the company. The New York Times (tiered subscription model)/Media Decoder blog (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Fox to allow external second-screen apps to sync with shows
    Fox has created a syndication unit to let second-screen TV applications Shazam, Viggle, ConnecTV and NextGuide link with its sync-to-broadcast content, which as of now can only be accessed by Fox Now apps. "By syndicating the content we've built around our show broadcasts, we're extending the Fox experience to viewers across all digital platforms and providing our partners with new and valuable opportunities around our content," Fox Broadcasting digital chief David Wertheimer said. Broadcasting & Cable (2/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Clearwire wants to keep options open despite taking Sprint funding
    Clearwire is accepting an offer of $80 million in funding from suitor Sprint Nextel while continuing negotiations with DISH Network, which also wants to buy the wireless company. Sprint, which has a majority stake in Clearwire, said in December it would acquire the remaining portion, but the deal has raised objections among minority shareholders. Reuters (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  People & Personalities 
  • Hearst's David Barrett is honored at 2013 Golden Mikes
    Hearst Television Chairman and CEO David Barrett was honored during the Broadcasters Foundation of America 2013 Golden Mike Award event, at which $375,000 was raised to assist broadcasters in need. TV personalities Steve Harvey and Dr. Mehmet Oz served as presenters, and sports broadcaster Jon Miller was the host. Radio Business Report (2/27) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • FCC chief reportedly bows to CNBC guest policy
    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski reportedly canceled a scheduled appearance on a rival network in May to preserve his booking on CNBC. Politico says the incident came to light after its initial report on CNBC's policy not to book guests who appear on rival networks within 24 hours of their CNBC appearance. "In other words, CNBC told the federal regulator of its own industry that he was not allowed to appear on another television network," Dylan Byers writes. Politico (Washington, D.C.)/Dylan Byers on Media blog (2/27) 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
  • Six weeks left: 2013 NAB Show
    Does your company want creative and interactive ways to target buyers among the world's largest gathering of media and entertainment professionals? Consider advertising and sponsorship opportunities at NAB Show. If NAB Show offerings do not provide a perfect match for your company marketing needs, NAB can customize a program. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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