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March 7, 2013News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • Drive time is longest in Washington, D.C., NYC areas, data show
    The average commute time is longest for U.S. commuters in the New York City and Washington, D.C., areas, according to an Arbitron analysis of census data. However, these areas aren't necessarily the best radio markets for those hours, due to the extensive use of public transportation. (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business & Industry Report 
  • Evidence doesn't point to ties between media content, violence
    Any attempt by lawmakers to regulate media content to address gun violence has been complicated by the absence of research showing a connection between the two, according to this article. "[T]he only consensus among researchers on the long-term effect of violent media on children appears to be that there is no consensus," Gautham Nagesh writes. Roll Call (free content) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Disney chief vouches for news units' "integrity"
    Walt Disney Co. Chairman and CEO Robert Iger acknowledged the company's news outlets had made "mistakes" in their reporting, but he did not address claims of liberal bias brought up during the company's annual meeting. "We have at times either presented the news in slightly inaccurate ways through mistakes or in ways that we weren't necessarily proud of. But I firmly stand behind the integrity of our news organizations," Iger said. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Company Town blog (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Free Press raises concerns over MMTC ownership study
    Media watchdog Free Press is questioning the rigor of a study by the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council on the effect on minority outlets of proposed modifications to media cross-ownership regulations. The proposed study has the backing of the Federal Communications Commission, NAB and the Newspaper Association of America. Multichannel News (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Connected TVs are starting to click with public, poll shows
    Just over 3 in 10 of those shopping for a TV are looking for one that can connect to the Web, compared with 18% last year, the IHS Smart TV Consumer Survey has found. The rising interest in connected TVs is likely being driven by price drops for connected models, with more than half of consumers citing cost as the main influence on their purchase, compared with about 28% of those who bought a TV in the past year. GigaOm (3/6), (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Broadcast Programming 
  • Local TV stations are big winners at Cronkite Awards
    Hearst was honored with a Walter Cronkite Award in the station group category for "comprehensive and extremely well-presented" political coverage, its seventh such award in a row. Reporters working for Gannett, Scripps, Belo and ABC all claimed multiple honors. Gannett's KUSA in Denver was one of the winners of the first Cronkite/Jackson award for fact-checking political ads. Broadcasting & Cable (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  People & Personalities 
  • Armstrong Williams to call shots at 2 newly acquired stations
    Armstrong Williams says he will be making the personnel and programming calls at TV stations he and Sinclair Broadcast Group have acquired in Flint, Mich., and Myrtle Beach, S.C. The stations number among the 18 acquired by Sinclair from Barrington Broadcasting Group in a $370 million deal. Williams says he hopes to eventually add more stations to the two he plans to run. TVNewsCheck (free registration) (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  NAB News 
  • Hurry! Limited sponsorships remain for 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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  Legislative & Regulatory 
  • Senate resolution supports Local Radio Freedom Act
    A resolution in support of the Local Radio Freedom Act -- which opposes radio performance fees -- has been introduced by Sens. John Barrasso, R-Wyo., and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D. The resolution cites radio's extensive, free promotional support of the music industry, as well as broadcasters' "essential local news and weather information," public service efforts and time spent working on behalf of charities. Radio Business Report (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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