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February 11, 2013News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • FCC's TV-coverage changes may run afoul of Spectrum Act, NAB says
    Broadcasters are requesting that the Federal Communications Commission put on hold its plan to alter the model determining TV station coverage areas and interference zones because the proposed changes may conflict with the law authorizing the incentive spectrum auctions. The NAB's Rick Kaplan and other officials met with the FCC on Thursday to discuss the potential conflict -- the auction authorization calls for the agency to preserve coverage and interference protections as determined by the current model. Broadcasting & Cable (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Padden: Why spectrum auction is good for broadcast TV
    Broadcast TV will be strengthened by having some stations choose to opt out of the business by selling their spectrum during the federal incentive auction, writes Preston Padden, a former lobbyist for Fox and Walt Disney Co. who now helms the Expanding Opportunities for Broadcasters Coalition. "It is manifestly in the best interests of all broadcasters to have the government offering to pay some stations to go off the air, leaving the ones that remain with more viewers, more advertising and access to more programming and network affiliations," he writes. TVNewsCheck (free registration) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • CEO: Entercom, radio are poised for strong 2013
    Entercom in Q4 tallied 16% growth in station operating income on companywide net revenue of $102.1 million. The "solid" numbers come amid positive developments for radio, including Sprint adding FM chips to some of its smartphones and Nielsen taking over Arbitron, Entercom CEO David Field noted. Radio Business Report (2/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • RBR-TVBR is bought by Radio Ink parent Streamline
    Streamline Publishing, whose holdings include Radio Ink and its related properties, has acquired trade publication rival Radio Business Report-Television Business Report. Plans call for the new acquisitions to continue to run as their own publications, said B. Eric Rhoads, chairman of Streamline Publishing. Radio Ink (2/11), Radio Business Report (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Industry campaign aims to re-educate digital pirates
    A group consisting of media companies and five Internet service providers will soon launch the Copyright Alert System, which aims to notify Internet users when they have engaged in illegal file sharing. The system, which is expected to be effective with parents who don't know their teenage children may be engaging in digital piracy, will point to the many different ways of using digital content legally. ISPs would be allowed to curtail users' connections and take other actions after a set number of violations in accordance with the system's "six strikes" policy. Multichannel News (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Analysis: Obama prefers broadcast to print for interviews
    The White House clearly prefers broadcast to print, Paul Farhi writes. President Barack Obama has granted numerous interviews to broadcasters over the past few years while largely shunning newspapers, he writes. Analysts say that broadcast is a more direct -- and more widely seen -- venue for the president to get his message across. The Washington Post (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Pelosi: Video game changes may not help gun-violence problems
    Without scientific proof, it's not accurate to say that restricting video game content would slow gun violence, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said during an appearance on "Fox News Sunday." Pelosi cited Japan as an example of a place with "the most violent games and the lowest death -- mortality -- from guns. I don't know what the explanation is for that, except they may have good gun laws." The Huffington Post (2/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Tomorrow: Cluster Management Best Practices for Radio
    The NAB Virtual Academy for Radio: Big Ideas for Small Markets continues on Feb. 12 with "Ten Ways to Master Managing Multiple Stations," featuring Delmarva Broadcasting's Pete Booker, Neuhoff Communications' Mike Hulvey and West Virginia Radio's Dale Miller. Topics will include organizational effectiveness, compensation structures, programming staffing principles, general communication strategies and cost-cutting measures. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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