Tegna raises concerns over Standard General share sales | Judge OKs BMI-RMLC agreement | Marketers continue to steer clear of ads near coronavirus-related content
April 3, 2020
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Some television broadcasters had already started migrating their operations to cloud-based platforms, but the ongoing coronavirus has driven many to accelerate the process to better facilitate remote work. Stations forced to close or move some staff to other locations are turning to the cloud for workflows, disaster recovery and rapid transmission of content to remote teams.
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Standard General has sold roughly a quarter of its shares in Tegna, five million, during a number of stock swaps. Concerned executives at Tegna urged shareholders to consider this action before appointing Standard General nominees to its board.
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A deal between the Radio Music Licensing Committee and Broadcast Music, Inc. has obtained approval from a federal judge, bringing to an end the three-year dispute between the two organizations, although details of the agreement have not yet been released. David Oxenford, a broadcast attorney, says the ongoing pandemic could delay other decisions regarding music royalties.
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TV antennas see a revival in popularity
A growing number of households across the country are reviving the tradition of using old-school antennae to tune into broadcast television programming, data from Parks Associates shows. Deloitte predicts that approximately 41 million US families will use broadcast antennas by the end of the year -- a figure Parks attributes to audiences' desire for local news coverage, which is not available on cable channels in remote areas.
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Cuomo banter becoming a mainstay on pandemic TV
Andrew Cuomo (Bryan R. Smith/Getty Images)
Andrew Cuomo, governor of New York, and his brother, CNN anchor Chris, are becoming fixtures on pandemic-related news television as the senior Cuomo holds almost daily briefings and the junior broadcasts out of his basement after testing positive for the virus. Andrew has appeared remotely on his brother's show several times, bantering in a familial way and helping viewers relate to the current crisis.
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Democratic Representatives Mike Doyle and Frank Pallone are asking Federal Communications Commission chief Ajit Pai for reassurances that broadcasters will not lose their licenses over airing a political ad that criticizes President Donald Trump's response to the coronavirus pandemic. The Trump campaign warned several stations that continuing to broadcast the ad could jeopardize their licenses, and the lawmakers say that the FCC's silence signals complicity with the threats.
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Steven Sheley, a Lawrenceville, Ill., radio DJ on local station WAKO-FM, passed away this week after a lengthy battle with leukemia. Colleagues have described Sheley as "a true icon" in the radio market around southwestern Indiana and southeastern Illinois.
Full Story: Radio World (4/2) 
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Cyber Awareness for Broadcasters
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NAB's 2020 Election Toolkit Equips Broadcasters to Cover Elections
NAB's 2020 Election Toolkit identifies resources on how to identify misinformation, provides suggestions on how to fact-check statements from political candidates, offers tips for helping get out the vote and gives ideas for social media engagement. The toolkit also includes PSA scripts and information on sponsoring debates and candidate forums.
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