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March 30, 2012News for broadcast and electronic media leaders

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  • Caroline Beasley still sees strong radio industry
    With 93% of Americans listening to radio, the industry is fundamentally strong, says NAB Radio Board Chair Caroline Beasley, executive vice president of Beasley Broadcast Group. But revenue remains problematic, with ad spending on radio falling into the "discretionary" category in an economy that is still struggling. However, "as our economy continues to improve, our business will likewise continue to improve," Beasley says. Radio World (3/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • "Hunger Games" director scheduled for NAB Show
    The NAB Show's Creative Master Series this year will include a session led by "The Hunger Games" director Gary Ross. The discussion will focus on how the look and sound of the film contribute to creating a dystopian world. Radio World (3/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Clear Channel dropping staff across country
    Clear Channel Media and Entertainment is cutting staff in a number of markets, the company confirmed. "Like every successful business, our strategy continues to evolve as we move forward as a company, and that creates some new jobs and unfortunately eliminates others," said Vice President of Marketing and Entertainment Angel Aristone. (3/29), Radio Ink (3/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Broadcast weather technology surges ahead
    More realistic 3D, faster and better resolution of mapping and radar data and features adding hyperlocal and social media to storm-tracking will be among the weather technologies on display at the NAB Show next month. Many of the new technologies were inspired by customer and audience research. "Viewers' visual expectations are as likely to be defined by what they see on the Web and on gaming devices as by what's on TV," said Ryan Ayres, AccuWeather's vice president of display systems and services. TVNewsCheck (free registration) (3/28) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Public interest group adds Copps to board
    Michael Copps, whose tenure on the Federal Communications Commission was marked by positions that often agreed with those of the interest group Public Knowledge, has joined the group's board. In a statement, Copps said he "especially admired [the group's] work toward building a news and information infrastructure that informs citizens and deepens the civic dialogue upon which our self-government depends." National Journal/Tech Daily Dose blog (3/28), (3/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Sony Corp. of America announces 2 appointments
    Sony Corp. of America announced two major appointments, naming Sony Pictures chairman Michael Lynton to be SCA CEO and elevating Nicole Seligman to president from her previous position as executive vice president. The moves come as Sony Corp. CEO Howard Stringer prepares to pass the title to Kazuo Hirai in April. (3/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  NAB News 
  • NAB Show Broadcast Management Conference is a must for stations
    NAB Show's Broadcast Management Conference (BMC) examines emerging digital technologies that enable small and large market stations to offer more programming and delivery options, strengthen grassroots connections within communities and serve local advertisers. The four-day event will also cover the latest regulatory issues affecting broadcasters. See this year's highlights here. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Legislative & Regulatory 
  • Rep. Walden rejects Limbaugh comments, defends free speech
    Although he said he deplores Rush Limbaugh's controversial remarks about a Georgetown law student, House Communications Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden, R-Ore., added there should still be room for free speech. Walden said there were offenders on both the political left and right but, referring to a resolution in Los Angeles, said he didn't want "some city council thinking they are in charge of political speech." Broadcasting & Cable (3/29) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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