January 15, 2021
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The National Association of Broadcasters and several other media and journalism organizations have sent a letter to federal law enforcement officials, pressing them to provide more information about the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol and subsequent investigations. Salem Radio Network has warned its reporters covering President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration to be prepared for violence and says they should not openly display their credentials.
Full Story: Next TV/Broadcasting+Cable (1/14),  Radio Ink (1/15) 
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The National Association of Broadcasters joined the National Association of Chain Drug Stores and the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute in developing a virtual toolkit to help journalists educate the public about coronavirus vaccines. "As our nation turns to vaccines to help our communities recover from the pandemic, radio and TV broadcasters can play an indelible role in educating Americans about the benefits of vaccination, where to get inoculated and how to encourage friends and family to protect themselves and others," says NAB chief Gordon Smith.
Full Story: TV Tech (1/14) 
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Networks cover attack for millions on YouTube
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Analytics firm Tubular Labs reports that 14.9 million people tuned into NBC's YouTube livestream of Congress picking up the Electoral Vote count again after rioters assaulted the Capitol building. CBS' live coverage of the attack itself drew almost 3.9 viewers to YouTube.
Full Story: Next TV (1/14) 
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Technology
Developments in television technology dominated CES 2021, with manufacturers touting larger sets and increased picture quality. The event also showcased NextGen TV rollouts and benefits.
Full Story: USA Today (1/15) 
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Entertainment industry sees hope under Biden presidency
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President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will face multiple pressing crises amid their initial 100 days in office, but members of the film and television industry are hopeful that the new administration will be up to the challenge. Past Democratic presidents have demonstrated close ties to Hollywood and leveraged the star power of celebrity supporters, but Biden's approach will likely be tempered by the pandemic, some say.
Full Story: Variety (1/2021) 
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Advertising
Technology startup Transmit.Live plans to develop picture-in-picture technology for advertisements on streaming platforms. Transmit execs say a rapid rise in the popularity of streaming has created new opportunities for advertisers, and the firm expects 2021 revenue to reach $40 million.
Full Story: The Wall Street Journal (1/15) 
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People & Personalities
Ray Brady, a former business reporter for CBS radio and television stations, was 94 when he passed away at home on Jan. 12. Brady's "CBS Evening News With Dan Rather" reporting on the 1980s recession won him an Emmy at the 1982 ceremony.
Full Story: The Hollywood Reporter (1/14) 
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NAB Crystal Radio Awards Recognize Stations' Service
The NAB Crystal Radio Awards are now accepting entries for the 2021 awards. Open to NAB member stations, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards recognize broadcasters for their year-long commitment to community service. Ten stations will receive awards. More information is available here.
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