October 27, 2021
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Radio and television broadcasting executives congratulated acting Federal Communications Commission chair Jessica Rosenworcel and former FCC adviser Gigi Sohn after President Joe Biden nominated them to positions in the agency. "As the first woman nominated as permanent chair, this marks a significant milestone at the commission and a fitting progression in her long and distinguished career in public service," says National Association of Broadcasters CEO Gordon Smith of Rosenworcel.
Full Story: Next TV/Multichannel News (10/26),  Radio Ink (10/27) 
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Business & Industry Report
FCC nominee Sohn has long history with media
Sohn (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Gigi Sohn, nominee for the fifth Federal Communications Commission seat, was a key voice for net neutrality when advising Tom Wheeler during Wheeler's term as FCC Chair. Sohn also spent more than 10 years working on ownership rules and media diversity as part of the Media Access Project.
Full Story: Protocol (10/26) 
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A deal between Symonds-Evans Media and Allen Media Group will result in media mogul Byron Allen's organization acquiring HBCUGo.TV, a streaming platform serving historically black colleges and universities. Allen Media explained that HBCUGo.TV will complement its theGrio website and recently launched Grio over-the-air TV channel.
Full Story: Variety (10/26) 
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Relationships between media organizations and technology companies are changing amid growing adoption of cloud technology, a series of DPP reports on cloud and the media industry contend. Hardware makers are moving into TV platform operation, artists and sports organizations are developing linear television channels, startups are playing major roles in the spread of automation and a cloud-based variety of post-production is emerging.
Full Story: TV Tech (10/27) 
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Broadcast Programming
New CBS roles will focus on community impact
CBS has announced plans to hire 13 executive producers focused on community impact -- one EP for each of its local news markets. The company is actively seeking personnel to fill the roles, which it says will involve building relationships, sourcing local stories and ensuring news is balanced and authentic.
Full Story: Next TV/Broadcasting+Cable (10/26) 
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Alphabet recorded $65.12 billion in revenue for the third quarter, its highest bump in more than 10 years, driven in part by Google's 43% increase in digital ads to total $53.12 billion. Chief Financial Officer Ruth Porat says Apple's privacy changes had a "modest effect" on YouTube revenue, which also was up 43% to total $7.21 billion.
Full Story: MediaPost Communications (free registration) (10/26),  BNN Bloomberg (Canada) (10/26),  Deadline Hollywood (10/26),  The Wall Street Journal (10/26) 
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People & Personalities
Comedian Mort Sahl, best known for stand-up routines featuring harsh criticism of politicians, passed away Oct. 26 at home at the age of 94. Sahl appeared on a "Time" cover in 1960, the first time a comedian had done so.
Full Story: Deadline Hollywood (10/26) 
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NAB News
NAB Offers Resources to Safeguard Journalists' Mental Health
NAB is offering resources for journalists' mental health and wellness. Resources include self-care techniques, tips to cope with the emotional demands of their stories and guidance to identify potentially serious mental health issues within themselves and others. Resources are also available for broadcast leaders to help develop best practices that promote the mental and emotional well-being of their newsrooms. Find these and more at nab.org/JournalistsMentalHealth.
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New NAB Podcast: Impression-Based Selling
Buzz Knight, former NAB COLRAM, and Martha Matthews, senior vice president, Local Investment, dentsu Media U.S. explore impression-based selling, local advertising projections for 2022 and impression-based measurement's impact on the radio industry. Hear about the future of measurement.
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