Poll: 80% believe online news sources publish fake news | Pai discusses radio, the purpose of the FCC | Trump, Christie talk tackling opioid epidemic
March 30, 2017
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FCC chair expected to announce proposed ownership rule
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai is expected to unveil a proposal today that would reverse the elimination of the UHF discount in calculating the audience reach of TV station owners. The proposed change is expected to go before the FCC in April and could lead to a series of mergers if the discount is reinstated.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/29) 
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Poll: 80% believe online news sources publish fake news
Eighty percent of Americans believe that online news sources publish fake news occasionally or regularly, with 54% saying that fake news is published for a specific agenda, per a Monmouth University poll. The poll also found that 60% of respondents believe that traditional outlets post fake news and that 40% believe this fake news is reported to push an agenda.
Politico (3/29) 
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Pai discusses radio, the purpose of the FCC
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai in an interview talked about his experience with radio, saying that the medium is vital because it's social, local and mobile. Pai also talked about his vision for the FCC, which includes promoting innovation and competition, providing the public with information and looking out for the public interest.
Radio World (3/29) 
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Trump, Christie talk tackling opioid epidemic
President Donald Trump on Wednesday led a roundtable discussion about the nation's opioid epidemic, vowing to tackle the issue, and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie attended as chairman of a new commission targeting addiction. The National Association of Broadcasters has continued to address opioid addiction since announcing its nationwide campaign last fall.
The Washington Times (3/29) 
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Congress passes legislation to undo online privacy rules
The House on Tuesday voted to block regulations that would require internet service providers to obtain user permission before collecting and using consumer data. The legislation now heads to President Donald Trump for approval.
Bloomberg/The Associated Press (3/28),  Broadcasting & Cable (3/28) 
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NBC expects 2018 Olympic ad sales to surpass Sochi
NBC expects 2018 Olympic ad sales to surpass Sochi
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Ad sales for the 2018 Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, are pacing ahead of sales from the Sochi, Russia, Winter Games, NBC Sports reports. The network expects that total ad sales will surpass the total from the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Broadcasting & Cable (3/29) 
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NAB Show conference to look at the evolution of streaming, online video
NAB Show conference to look at the evolution of streaming, online video
Lanzone (Ben Gabbe/Getty Images)
The 2017 NAB Show will feature the Online Video Conference, which will look at the evolution of online video viewership and innovation in streaming models. Jim Lanzone of CBS and Michael Paull of BAMTech have been tapped as keynote speakers for the conference.
TVNewsCheck (free registration) (3/29) 
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Explore the M.E.T. Conference Program at the 2017 NAB Show
Education offerings for the 2017 NAB Show have been specifically redesigned to focus on Media, Entertainment and Technology - the driving forces behind the new digital ecosystem and The M.E.T. Effect phenomenon. Dive deep into these once distinct fields and explore how each is collectively changing the very nature of how we live, work and play. Learn more here or register today.
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