Fox begins layoffs as younger Murdoch promises staff stocks | Streaming subscriber numbers overtake cable | CNN's Zucker leads Turner side of March Madness coverage
March 22, 2019
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NAB asks FCC to vet Microsoft's white space suggestions
The National Association of Broadcasters is asking the Federal Communications Commission to review some of the proposals put forward by Microsoft regarding the use of "white spaces" between broadcasting spectrum, although it continues to oppose the tech giant's request that higher-power functions be permitted on channels adjacent to those licensed for broadcasting. "NAB agrees that the Commission should pursue certain, but not all, changes Microsoft is seeking, as long as the Commission takes important steps to protect licensed users," the organization wrote in a letter to the FCC.
Broadcasting & Cable (3/21) 
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Fox begins layoffs as younger Murdoch promises staff stocks
A downsized Fox has begun laying off some senior staff in the wake of Disney's acquisition of its entertainment properties, and insiders say up to 4,000 Fox staffers could lose their jobs. At the same time, Lachlan Murdoch is promising that all employees will receive shares in the company, based on how long they have worked at Fox.
Variety (3/21),  The Hollywood Reporter (3/21) 
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Streaming subscriber numbers overtake cable
Online video streaming services around the world gained 131.2 million subscribers in 2018, reaching 613.3 million, compared with cable TV's 556 million, data from the Motion Picture Association of America show. This marks the first time that streaming subscribers have outnumbered cable subscribers, although cable TV continues to generate more revenue.
The Hollywood Reporter (3/21) 
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CNN's Zucker leads Turner side of March Madness coverage
CNN's Zucker leads Turner side of March Madness coverage
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CNN President Jeff Zucker has stepped up to lead the Turner Sports side of NCAA coverage in partnership with CBS Sports Chairman Sean McManus. March Madness coverage will see 67 games aired across CBS, TBS, truTV and TNT and online on March Madness Live.
Sports Video Group (3/21) 
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NAB Vice President Layer anticipates spike in hybrid radio use
The widespread shift toward digital music consumption and the increasing availability of wireless connectivity in cars is likely to drive deployment of hybrid radio, predicts David Layer, the National Association of Broadcasters' vice president of advanced engineering. "NAB is pursuing an auto initiative, reaching out to and working with automakers and so-called 'tier 1' manufacturers (who actually make the car infotainment systems) to ensure that hybrid radio is deployed in an intelligent way that benefits all parties -- automakers, broadcasters and listeners," Layer says.
All Access Music Group (3/21) 
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Broadcast Programming
Insiders say Fox's Pirro suspended for inflammatory remarks
"Justice with Judge Jeanine" remains off the Fox News schedule for the coming week -- a move insiders attribute to host Jeanine Pirro's suspension in the wake of comments she made about Muslim Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. Pirro's show will be back on the air March 30.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (3/21) 
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People & Personalities
NBC anchor says his schedule is "typically insane"
NBC anchor says his schedule is "typically insane"
Geist (Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images)
NBC News and MSNBC anchor Willie Geist says he puts in long hours of hard work in an effort to deliver deeper answers than viewers typically get. Geist rises early to co-host "Morning Joe" for MSNBC, while also crafting "Sunday Today" on NBC, which features lengthy interviews and prominent guests.
Variety (3/20) 
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Access the NEW NAB Show Podcast
Tune into the new NAB Show Podcast and gain exclusive access to the professionals, companies and trends shaping the world's largest event encompassing the convergence of media, entertainment and technology. In the debut episode, host Lori H. Schwartz of StoryTech details new trends and tech coming to NAB Show and delves deep into AI with guest Yves Bergquist, founder and CEO at Corto. Access it here or by searching "NAB Show Podcast" on iHeartMedia, iTunes and Spreaker.
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Broadcast Education - Cybersecurity for Broadcasters
The new Cyber Awareness for Broadcasters online course provides radio and television professionals with the tools necessary to help keep their organizations safe from security threats. The course is $10 for NAB members and $25 for non-members. Learn more and register here.
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