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February 18, 2013News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • House measure opposing new fees on local radio is reintroduced
    The Local Radio Freedom Act, a House resolution that opposes all new fees, taxes or royalties on local broadcast outlets, has been reintroduced by Reps. Michael Conaway, R-Texas, and Gene Green, D-Texas, with the backing of 71 other lawmakers. "Communities rely on their local radio stations for news, weather alerts, and other emergency broadcasts, and the suggested performance tax could jeopardize the future of many of these struggling stations," Conaway said. NAB endorsed the resolution, saying broadcasters salute "lawmakers for recognizing that a new performance fee on broadcasters threatens the financial base that sustains America's hometown radio stations." Radio Ink (2/15), Radio Business Report (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Radio enjoys another growth year, RAB reports
    Radio finished last year strongly, tallying a 4% increase in revenue to $4.35 billion in the fourth quarter, according to RAB. Yearly revenue grew for the third year in a row, rising 1% to $16.48 billion. The Q4 growth was driven largely by ad spending in political, automotive, financial services and communications categories. (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Broadcasters caution FCC against increasing ownership reporting
    Broadcasters, while supportive of the need to improve minority and female ownership, don't believe the Federal Communications Commission should require data be provided on nonattributable interests, according to an NAB filing. "NAB continues to believe that this obligation would not serve any useful purpose. By definition, this information cannot inform concerned parties about minorities or women with a meaningful role in broadcast station operations, because, as the Commission has previously determined, only the holders of attributable interests have such influence," the filing states. Broadcasting & Cable (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Opinion: JSAs, SSAs can be used to boost minority ownership: The Federal Communications Commission can accommodate both its goal of boosting minority ownership and broadcasters' interest in owning a second station in the same market, columnist Harry A. Jessell writes. The solution could lie in a pilot program under which stations would partner with minority-owned companies to operate under joint-service agreements or shared-service agreements, Jessell writes. "Rather than ban virtual duopolies, the FCC should see if they can use them as a vehicle for creating meaningful minority and female ownership in TV broadcasting, which should be everybody's goal," he writes. TVNewsCheck (free registration) (2/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Gray TV releases Moms Everyday app
    Gray Television has developed an application for its Moms Everyday vertical site that has gone live for 12 of its stations; another 10 or so outlets will roll out the app in the coming months. The app for iPhone and Android offers daily updates from the Moms Everyday slate of information on finance, health, vacations, activities and parenting. (2/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • National MSG sports net may be in the works
    Madison Square Garden reportedly is considering whether to create a national sports network that would focus on "shoulder programming," including studio shows and other nongame content. However, no date has been finalized for the debut of MSG National. New York Post (2/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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