Industry News

NAB Show launches its own podcast.

The National Association of Broadcasters is offering up “The NAB Show Podcast,” featuring previews of the convention, attendee tips, exhibitor spotlights and historical facts about the Show. The podcast is available at Spreaker, Apple Podcasts, and iHeartRadio.

For sale: high-expense, low-margin, personnel-intensive business.

According to a report in the New York Post, the company that owns Nielsen is shopping around for buyers—again. (They tried last fall, unsuccessfully.) According to the Post’s sources, potential bidders include Bain Capital, TPG Capital, and KKR.

Radio fights back.

Rather than merely accepting the inevitability of the erosion of auto advertising on the radio, the Southern California Broadcasters Association (SCBA) commissioned a massive study by Nielsen Audio, “The Real Value of Southern California Radio to the Auto Industry.” The…

Court approves iHeartMedia plan.

The Bankruptcy Court has confirmed the reorganization plan submitted by iHeartMedia. The plan includes the spinoff of Clear Channel Outdoor, and will reduce the company debt by about two thirds, from $16.1 billion to $5.75 billion. IHeartMedia plans to emerge…

What’s really happening with the White House press?

That’s the overall topic of a panel of network White House correspondents at the NAB Show in April. A blue-ribbon group of reporters—including Hallie Jackson of NBC, Steven Portnoy of CBS, Yamiche Alcindor of PBS, and Cecilia Vega of ABC—will…

Solid industry support for PIRATE Act.

All 50 state broadcasters associations, plus those of the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, have sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer…

Blame the shutdown: the meeting may be a teleconference.

The FCC has announced that its January Open Meeting may, if the shutdown resumes, take place over the telephone. If the government stays open, there will be a meeting, at Commission HQ. Either way, the Commission will forgo an agenda…

RTDNF slates award winners.

The Radio Television Digital News Foundation, the charitable offspring of the RTDNA, has announced the recipients of its 29th annual First Amendment Awards. The top award, the First Amendment Award, goes to cable network CNN. According to RTDNA Executive Director…

It was bound to happen.

An AM radio station in Chicago has sold naming rights to its studio to a local bank in a multiyear deal. Henceforth it will be the “First Midwest Bank-ESPN 1000 Studio.”

Digital company reveals digital opportunities.

SoCast, a provider of a multitude of digital resources, is debuting a series of free monthly webinars to help radio stations capitalize on digital opportunities. The first webinar took place last week; get more information about the series at www.socastdigital.com.…