April 20, 2021
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Large technology companies are being challenged by governments that are concerned that the companies' size and power threaten consumer privacy and healthy marketplace competition while helping spread misinformation. President Joe Biden's administration is working to rein in Amazon, Facebook, Google and other companies, while lawmakers in China, Europe and Australia also are taking aim at tech giants.
Full Story: The New York Times (4/20) 
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Business & Industry Report
Proposed changes to sponsorship identification rules from the Federal Communications Commission will subject many broadcasters to needless and burdensome regulation while allowing social media companies to go unregulated, says National Association of Broadcasters general counsel Rick Kaplan. "(W)ith each added regulation, the FCC makes broadcasting a less attractive investment, including for new entrants and historically underrepresented groups," Kaplan adds, urging the FCC to change the rules before formally approving them.
Full Story: Radio World (4/19) 
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FCC asks for public feedback on CALM regulations
The Federal Communications Commission is asking for feedback from consumers on the efficacy of rules regulating the volume of commercial content airing on television. Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) has pressed the agency to better enforce the Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation Act, citing increased complaints about commercials being too loud.
Full Story: Next TV (4/19) 
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The National Association of Broadcasters PILOT initiative has teamed up with Verizon and A.T. Kearney on a study of edge technology and its benefits for broadcasters, which will be presented as part of the virtual NAB Show Premiere on April 21. "This session and our study will provide useful insights and help broadcasters seize new opportunities created by edge technology adoption," says John Clark, executive director of PILOT.
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Broadcast Programming
Networks may line up for Euro soccer Super League
A plan to form a European Super League for soccer could send cable, streaming and broadcast companies scrambling to secure rights to the venture, industry observers say. NBCUniversal and ViacomCBS are among the providers that have been investing heavily in the game.
Full Story: Next TV/Multichannel News (4/20) 
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Media mogul Byron Allen has launched a new advertisement-supported streaming service that uses artificial intelligence to deliver local news and premium content customized for every zip code in the country. Dubbed Local Now, the service also includes premium content from the Black News Channel, PeopleTV, Newsy and more.
Full Story: TV Tech (4/19) 
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People & Personalities
Executives and staff at radio station WKCT in Bowling Green, Ky., are paying tribute to longtime host Steve Meredith, who passed away on April 19 at the age of 54. Colleagues say that Meredith, who enjoyed a lengthy career in radio, went beyond his duties as a host to help out colleagues and his community.
Full Story: Daily News (Bowling Green, Ky.) (tiered subscription model) (4/19) 
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NAB News
Session Explores Fighting Misinformation With NextGen TV
NAB, The E.W. Scripps Company, Fincons Group and the News Literacy Project will explore how newsrooms can use NextGen TV's the interactive content opportunities to fight misinformation during NAB Show Premiere. The session, "How Newsrooms Can Engage Audiences With NextGen TV," is available Wednesday, April 21 at 12:30 p.m. ET, exclusively on NAB Amplify.
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