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April 24, 2012News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • Traditional TV is still the main screen
    Traditional, real time TV viewing still accounts for 91% of multiplatform video consumption, but mobile video consumption is up sharply over the past year, according to testimony Nielsen Vice Chairman Susan Whiting is scheduled to give today before the Senate Commerce Committee. Users of mobile devices and computers on average tally less than nine hours of viewing time each month, with the content usually consumed in small chunks, according to Whiting. In comparison, traditional TV viewers tally over 146 hours a month on average. Broadcasting & Cable (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • NAB backs alternative plan to political file mandate
    The NAB, the Big Four networks' station groups and Univision have signed on to a proposal by the Television Operators Caucus that would require stations to post online the buyers of political ads and the total cost of their ad buys, instead of placing their entire political files online. The issue is scheduled to be considered by the Federal Communications Commission on Friday. The group backing the alternative plan describes it as a "win-win solution that provides transparency concerning political candidate spending while avoiding the anti-competitive impact of online disclosure of per-spot rate information," according to a letter to the FCC. TVNewsCheck (free registration) (4/23), Broadcasting & Cable (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NAB Show honors ACE booths from 2012 edition
    The 2012 NAB Show has announced the winners of its first Awesome Cool Exhibits, or ACE, Awards, for exhibitors with innovative booths. The honorees are Shenzhen Skyworth Digital for small booth, Sennheiser for medium booth and Harris for large booth. Radio magazine (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • James Murdoch denies being in loop about hacking problem
    James Murdoch, deputy chief operating officer of News Corp., says he was told phone-hacking was not an issue at the time he assumed the leadership of the company's British newspaper division in 2007, according to testimony he gave today before a government-backed panel. Murdoch also said he would have tried to stop any illegal actions if he had been informed of the scope of the situation, but there was "some desire not to do that" by others at News Corp. He further said he didn't rub elbows much with lawmakers, even during the time of News Corp.'s attempted takeover of BSkyB, and that he was a reader of the company's tabloids "from time to time." The Hollywood Reporter (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Other News
  • NBCU to pitch ad buyers on breadth of TV, online holdings
    NBCUniversal is making it easier for marketers to make multiplatform buys across its entire portfolio under Linda Yaccarino, its new ad sales chief for cable entertainment networks and digital properties. "Clients are in this unique position to leverage multiple brands and tie them together with TV and digital and an idea, and NBC is absolutely and uniquely in a position across the entire marketplace to deliver on that," Yaccarino said. Broadcasting & Cable (subscription required) (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Top FCC regulator discussed Verizon Wireless deal with T-Mobile
    Rick Kaplan -- chief of the Federal Communications Commission's wireless bureau and the official in charge of a review of Verizon Wireless' plan to acquire $3.6 billion in spectrum from cablers -- earlier this month discussed T-Mobile's objections to the deal at the wireless operator's suburban Seattle offices, per an agency filing. T-Mobile, the fourth biggest U.S. mobile carrier, has petitioned the FCC to stop the Verizon deal, citing anti-competitive concerns. However, Verizon says T-Mobile "ignores facts on the ground, the state of the wireless marketplace and the needs of consumers who will clearly benefit from this purchase of spectrum." Bloomberg Businessweek (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Netflix stock tumbles on news of streaming slowdown
    Netflix stock declined 17% in after-hours trading to $84.85 after the service reported a loss for the first quarter and said its streaming growth in Q2 would be lower than for the same period in 2010. However, Netflix, which blamed the Q1 loss on the costs of expansion in Canada, Latin America and the U.K., said it would be profitable again in Q2. Reuters (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  People & Personalities 
  • Seacrest agrees to 2 more years on "American Idol"
    Ryan Seacrest will be adding two more years to his 11-season stint as host of Fox's "American Idol." The contract is reported to be worth $30 million. Seacrest's return is regarded as a welcome element of stability on the show, which has seen an ongoing shakeup in its judging ranks. (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Colonial Broadcasting president Wilson dies
    Colonial Broadcasting President John D. Wilson has died. He was 85. Among other things, Wilson was noted for his 37-year tenure as general manager at WFLO in Farmville, Va., which was a record in the state in 1989. (4/24) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • "Access Hollywood" host Bush now on 60 stations
    With the recent addition of 12 stations, "Access Hollywood" host Billy Bush is now on 60 nationwide through Dial Global. The new additions include Starr 94 in Atlanta, KFRH-FM in Las Vegas, KREV-FM in San Francisco and KRCK-FM in Palm Springs, Calif. Radio Ink (4/23) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you."
--Carl Sandburg,
American poet, historian and novelist

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