Stock Dip For iHeart Following Ninth Notes Deadline Extension

Another deadline, another extension. That's a common theme for iHeartMedia in recent weeks, and on Thursday the nation's No. 1 radio broadcasting company released that it has extended — for a ninth time — the deadline for participation in term loan offers to lenders and exchange offers to its debtholders. Investors seem displeased, with iHeart shares down to $1.55 on Friday.
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FCC Ready To Pay Reverse Auction Winning Bids

By way of a Public Notice distributed on Thursday, the FCC's Incentive Auction Task Force and the Media and Wireless Telecommunications Bureaus have identified each station subject to a winning reverse auction bid in the broadcast television spectrum incentive auction for which an incentive payment is ready to be paid.

Another Move Forward For Nexstar

It's been a great July for Nexstar Media Group shareholders, as the company's stock has sharply rebounded from a mid-May swoon. Tomorrow's trading could be even bigger for the broadcast TV company, which today reached a tentative agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group "on principles" to coordinate the transition of the over-the-air delivery of ATSC 3.0 next-gen TV services in 97 television markets.  

With Days To Spare, House Sets FCC Oversight Hearing

The House E&C Committee has finally rescheduled its oversight hearing on the FCC — scrubbed in March as it conflicted with the Senate Commerce Committee's oversight hearing. Now, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and Commissioners Mignon Clyburn and Michael O'Rielly are set to head to the Rayburn HOB on Tuesday morning for what will likely be a nearly three-hour inquiry.

Why Is A GOP Consultant’s Talk Radio Purchase Of Concern?

On February 1, Mitten News quietly acquired two Talk stations in Michigan. Nearly six months later, local media is reporting that there's some controversy regarding the sale of the Talk stations to Mitten News, led by John Yob. That's because Yob is a paid political consultant for the Republican Party, and that's raised questions about potential broadcast and campaign finance law concerns.

This WNY ‘Team’ Member Is Trading Hands

An FM translator that's moving from Fairport, N.Y., to the center of the Western New York city of Rochester has just been sold to a New York City-based entity. The facility is currently delivering the market with CBS Sports Radio programming and is branded as "The Team."

Is A Cincy Noncomm With A Cult Following Closer To Death?

The Adult Alternative format of Northern Kentucky University's WNKU, which airs on three stations in the Cincinnati market, is now officially in jeopardy. That's because the school has agreed to sell the last of the trio of facilities used for WNKU, and the buyer is considering all formats, with revenue and ratings the key criteria.

Five House Members Latch Onto ‘Oldies’ Copyright ‘Fix’

Paging Flo & Eddie: A quintet of Congressional leaders are on your side. With the NAB-backed Local Radio Freedom Act now boasting 206 co-sponsors in the House and 23 in the Senate and little, if any, interest in H.R. 1914 (The PROMOTE Act of 2017) or the better-known "Fair Play Fair Pay Act" (H.R. 1836), a California Republican in the House of Representatives is now taking aim at pre-1972 copyrights.

Local Radio Freedom Act Gets 200+ House Co-sponsors

The efforts of California Rep. Darrell Issa and Rep. Marsha Blackburn to bring new performance rights fees to radio stations appear to be as successful as those in the Senate designed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. 

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Is A Cincy Noncomm With A Cult Following Closer To Death?

The Adult Alternative format of Northern Kentucky University's WNKU, which airs on three stations in the Cincinnati market, is now officially in jeopardy. That's because the school has agreed to sell the last of the trio of facilities used for WNKU, and the buyer is considering all formats, with revenue and ratings the key criteria.

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Entravision Adds ‘OTA’ Pair In Palm Springs To Its TV Stable

The multimedia company superserving Hispanic consumers across the U.S. is purchasing an NBC affiliate in the Coachella Valley of Southern California, in addition to the market's MyNetworkTV affiliate. The deal gives Entravision a formidable cluster in the market, as it already owns three low-power TV stations and two radio stations—all serving Spanish speakers.

Another Move Forward For Nexstar

It's been a great July for Nexstar Media Group shareholders, as the company's stock has sharply rebounded from a mid-May swoon. Tomorrow's trading could be even bigger for the broadcast TV company, which today reached a tentative agreement with Sinclair Broadcast Group "on principles" to coordinate the transition of the over-the-air delivery of ATSC 3.0 next-gen TV services in 97 television markets.  

Nielsen Adds VOD Content Ratings To ‘Media Impact Planning Solution’

Syndicated VOD Content Ratings from nine top networks, including those owned by Turner and Discovery, will be featured as "an enhancement" to a Nielsen tool that enables media planners to estimate the impact of their plans on audience reach, sales and brand equity before committing investment.

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Nielsen Adds VOD Content Ratings To ‘Media Impact Planning Solution’

Syndicated VOD Content Ratings from nine top networks, including those owned by Turner and Discovery, will be featured as "an enhancement" to a Nielsen tool that enables media planners to estimate the impact of their plans on audience reach, sales and brand equity before committing investment.

Nine Reasons Why Your Top Sales Execs Exit

RBR+TVBR featured columnist Barrett Riddleberger too often hears stories about good companies who lose their top sales reps. "In most cases, this can be avoided," he says. Here are some helpful tips on how to accomplish this task.

How Successful Was TV’s 2018 Upfront Season?

The negotiations for national TV’s prime-time upfront for the 2017-18 season are nearly complete, and Ed Papazian's New Jersey-based Media Dynamics Inc. estimates that total ad revenue for the broadcast TV networks and cable channels saw an increase of 5.9% over the previous upfront.

The Most Frequent FCC Violations, And How To Avoid Them

One of the most frequent inquiries received by RBR+TVBR featured columnist Ken Benner is the following question, “What are the most frequent violations found during the inspections you conduct?” For those who have attended his compliance seminars, a 28-page summary of his program is handed out. It is from one of those booklets that this column is derived.

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Connected Devices are Connecting Data and Privacy

Currently, there are about 8.4 billion connected devices worldwide, up 31% from 2016, according to estimates from Gartner’s. The consumer segment is the largest user base of these devices with 5.2 billion units being utilized in 2017. These devices represent 63% of the overall number of present applications. "We can only expect these numbers to continue growing exponentially," the Association of National Advertisers notes.

Smart Speakers Poised To Capture 30% Of U.S. Market

The allure of smart speakers continues to attract the attention of consumers, bucking the wider audio market's slowdown and even reinventing Amazon as the world's largest audio equipment vendor. However, that's just the beginning of a wider market transformation, with voice personal assistants (VPAs) at the heart of a new CE land grab, according to a comprehensive new market report from Futuresource Consulting.

Learning On Demand: Increase Revenue Through ‘AI’ With These Tips

Were you unable to participate in RBR+TVBR's exclusive free live webinar today featuring Editor-in-Chief Adam R Jacobson and Veritone Media SVP Drew Hilles and Director of Business Development Logan Ketchum? No worries. All it takes is an internet connection, and logging on to YouTube for 45 minutes.