The newly formed Coalition for Local News wants to convince the FCC that broadcasters must negotiate directly with vMVPDs to ensure their long-term fiscal viability. They’re smartly drawing a direct line between local TV news and democracy’s health to make their case.
If the writers' and actors' strikes last well into the new TV season, starting in September, many broadcast networks' schedules will be affected -- but perhaps only to a smaller degree in terms of historical estimates of time spent among scripted TV series.
Radio company mergers are not as commonplace as they once were, but if there is a new wave of consolidation broadcasters could face additional scrutiny under new merger guidelines proposed by the Biden administration.
MONTE SPEARMAN's SPEARMAN LAND DEVELOPMENT COMPANY, LLC is selling SPEARMAN LAND AND DEVELOPMENT, licensee of Country KFFA-A and AC KFFA-F (THE MIX 103.1)/HELENA, AR, to JAY BRENTLINGER's BROADCAST INDUSTRY GROUP, LLC. for $500,000.
Once upon a time, parents and students turned to radio stations the morning after a big storm to see if their local schools would be closed for a snow day or not. Back then, schools did not have the ability to reach all of their students on short notice, so they relied on radio to get the word out.
The concept of thinking globally and acting locally is hardly new, but it remains an idea that’s relevant — and a tailor-made option for radio and marketers everywhere seeking to drive brand growth in local markets.
Radio needs to present a better listening experience. Our content needs to be more attractive to garner the interest of the occasional listener to bring them back to radio. Radio needs to address the elephant in the room …
Here are some of the regulatory developments of significance to broadcasters from the past week, with links to where you can go to find more information as to how these actions may affect your operations.