Nielsen: Pittsburgh tops local markets in Super Bowl ratings | Spicer: Terrorist attacks go unreported in the media | Nexstar to expand D.C. bureau
February 7, 2017
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FCC waives quiet rule, updates repack software post-auction
The Federal Communications Commission has waived the quiet period for participants in the FCC's reverse auction to facilitate a rapid repack. The FCC has also updated its TV band repack software with new analysis modes, new map output options and other benefits to expedite the repack.
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2017 State of the Broadcast Industry
This 3rd annual special report looks at the state of the broadcast industry in 2017 and beyond. Learn the latest trends and numbers that will drive video in this coming year. Download the report
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Nielsen: Pittsburgh tops local markets in Super Bowl ratings
Pittsburgh station Fox 53 so far has the highest Super Bowl ratings among local markets, with an audience share of 57.9 out of 78, per early Nielsen reports. On the national level, ratings are at 48.8 out of 72, up 3% from last year's big game.
Adweek (2/6) 
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Spicer: Terrorist attacks go unreported in the media
Spicer: Terrorist attacks go unreported in the media
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White House press secretary Sean Spicer on Monday said that the "dishonest" press is not providing proper coverage of terrorist attacks. The statement comes after President Donald Trump said that the media is covering up such attacks, with Spicer saying the White House will provide a list of specific examples.
Politico (2/6) 
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Nexstar to expand D.C. bureau
Nexstar will be adding a bureau chief, an executive producer and three reporters to its five-person Washington, D.C., news bureau. The group -- which will retain its space at the NBC News Channel offices -- will focus on D.C.'s effect on local markets, providing coverage for its 171 stations.
TVNewsCheck (free registration) (2/6) 
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TransUnion modernizes IT environment with Red Hat
To improve IT performance and costs, TransUnion launched an initiative, Project Spark, to migrate all of its applications and systems to a Red Hat® operating environment. Read the case study to learn how TransUnion achieved faster time to market, greater competitive advantage, improved employee satisfaction, and significant operating cost savings.
Broadcast Programming
"This Is Us" shows its strength on broadcast
"This Is Us" shows its strength on broadcast
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NBC's "This Is Us" has seen continuous viewer growth from week to week, with Nielsen reporting that its latest episode pulled in 14.6 million viewers. Show executives say the program has already passed a series of stress tests, and the network sees the show as a long-term investment and has renewed it for seasons 2 and 3.
The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (2/5) 
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Fox beats Super Bowl ad profit predictions
Fox beats Super Bowl ad profit predictions
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Fox brought in $432.4 million for 89 Super Bowl ads from 62 brands, including four additional spots that aired during overtime, per The network made more than $500 million from ads on the day, beating estimates of between $350 million and $400 million.
MediaPost Communications (2/6),  The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (2/6) 
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Min moving from The Hollywood Reporter to Eldridge
Making making the move from The Hollywood Reporter to Eldridge
Min (Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
The Hollywood Reporter President and Chief Creative Officer Janice Min will be stepping down from her role at the end of this month, and executive editor Matthew Belloni is poised to fill the role of editorial director once Min departs. Min will be transitioning to The Hollywood Reporter's parent company, Eldridge Industries.
CNN (2/6) 
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NAB Podcast: What Radio Can Expect from a Reshuffled Political Landscape
NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith shares his thoughts and insights on the new administration, the 115th Congress and ongoing changes at the FCC with NAB Senior Vice President of Communications Ann Marie Cumming. Access it here.
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Apply for the 2017 Media Sales Institute
The NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) is accepting applications for the 2017 Media Sales Institute now through Mar. 31. The free program provides first-hand experiences in radio and television ad sales for graduating college seniors pursuing degrees in business, sales and/or marketing. Hiring managers from top media companies will be on-site and interviewing for entry-level positions. Additional information and the application are available here.
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