Basic-tier provision is dropped from STELA bill | Sinclair details revenue implications of proposed SSA rule changes | Pai: Shared-services pacts help local communities, diversity
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March 6, 2014
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Basic-tier provision is dropped from STELA bill
A draft bill that reauthorizes the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act will no longer include a provision that would have given cablers the option to not include broadcast stations in their basic tiers, after House Republicans decided to drop the measure, according to reports. However, the STELA bill could still allow pay-TV operators to conduct carriage talks with individual stations. A House panel hearing on the measure has been pushed back to Wednesday. TVNewsCheck (free registration) (3/6), Adweek (3/6), Broadcasting & Cable (3/5)
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Sinclair details revenue implications of proposed SSA rule changes
Sinclair Broadcast Group could lose "some or all" of the $154.2 million in 2013 revenue it gained from shared-services agreements -- as much as 11% of its annual revenue -- if the Federal Communications Commission places limits on such arrangements, according to a filing by the broadcaster with the Securities and Exchange Commission. The restrictions on sharing agreements would force Sinclair to sell certain properties, FCC officials said. Bloomberg (3/6)
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Pai: Shared-services pacts help local communities, diversity
Federal Communications Commission member Ajit Pai pointed to the example of a TV station owned by a historically black college in Mississippi as a reason for maintaining the current shared-services rules. WLOO-TV in Jackson, Miss., which is owned by Tougaloo College, would not be able to pay for HD broadcasting, high school sports or original student-run programming without its joint-sales pact with WDBD-TV, according to Pai. "JSAs like this one facilitate new entry into the broadcast industry, enhance ownership diversity and allow stations to serve the local community better," Pai said. Broadcasting & Cable (3/5)
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Opinion: Broadcasting's success stems from community trust
Broadcasters, despite ongoing legal and regulatory challenges, continue to push in new directions, including digital multicast, ultra HD and mobile platforms, while providing a "lifeline" to their communities via local news and emergency information, according to DuJuan McCoy, founder, president and CEO of Bayou City Broadcasting. "Broadcasters' local relationships have been and will continue to be the cornerstone of our success and central to why we enjoy being broadcasters," McCoy writes. The Washington Times (3/5)
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Radio is still the king of the dashboard, research shows
Radio still commands the dashboard, with 86% of people saying AM-FM radio is their main source of in-car audio, Edison Research and Triton Digital have found. CD players ranked second at 61%, with MP3 players, satellite radio and online radio trailing. Radio Ink (3/5)
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DISH's carriage deal with Disney could set a precedent
DISH Network's carriage pact with Walt Disney Co., which includes a provision for the satcaster to launch an online TV service with Disney programming, could set a precedent for such agreements. An online service "would hit a market that they want to reach -- single people, young couples -- those who don't otherwise subscribe to pay TV," said analyst Michael Nathanson. Meanwhile, DISH rival DIRECTV says it's in the process of negotiating a similar deal with Disney. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model)/Company Town blog (3/5), Reuters (3/6)
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Research shows link between FM chip, additional radio listening
One in three weekly radio listeners with a cellphone would listen to more FM radio if their phone had a radio tuner, research from Infinite Dial shows. Among the 12-to-24 demographic, which is the least active group on radio, nearly half said they would tune in more if their phone had the FM chip. Inside Radio (free content) (3/6), Radio Ink (3/5)
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NAB News
On-demand webcast series for radio broadcasters: Secure more digital dollars
BIA/Kelsey projects digital ad spending will top 20% of an advertiser's total advertising budget later this year and more than 27% by 2017. Is your station ready to offer digital solutions? The NAB Virtual Academy for Radio: Delving Deep into Digital webcast series is a three-part, on-demand webcast series that delivers actionable content and digital solutions you can put to use right now. Read more.
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NAB members: Utilize the NAB Online Resource Guide
The NAB Online Resource Guide is an easy-to-use tool to locate the products and services offered by NAB associate members that electronic media professionals use. Search for law firms, station brokers, equipment manufacturers, specialty services and much more. Visit the NAB Online Resource Guide. Not a member? Visit
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Legislative & Regulatory
Report: Feds have no antitrust issues with Quincy TV acquisitions
Quincy Newspapers' bid to acquire three TV outlets from Granite Broadcasting and another station from Malara Broadcasting is said to have cleared a federal antitrust review. However, the Federal Communications Commission reportedly is looking at whether shared-services agreements that Quincy wants to put in place for some of the newly acquired stations will be permissible. Broadcasting & Cable (3/5)
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Wherever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision."
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