Author: Jay Mitchell

Nielsen sold to equity consortium.

A bunch of VC firms have gotten together to purchase the research giant for $16 billion, with the full approval of the Nielsen board. Board Chair James A. Atwood commented, “After a thorough assessment, the Board determined that this transaction…

NAB Show actually four shows.

The big Las Vegas extravaganza will be organized into four verticals: Create, Connect, Capitalize, and Intelligent Content. These four segments will be scattered around the Las Vegas Convention Center’s North, Central, and new West halls. Says NAB Executive Vice President/Managing…

Exhibitors backing NAB Show big time.

The National Association of Broadcasters reveals that the number of exhibitors scheduled to appear at the NAB Show later this month is now over 900, including 160 first-timers.

Commission says “no-no” to broadcasting on translator while primary station is down.

It will cost Centro Cristiano de Vida Eterna $9000 for operating its translator while its main station, WRLL/Chicago, was off the air. There were other alleged infractions as well not completing the translator construction within the allocated window, not getting…

Proof of concept.

Regular readers of this publication are familiar with my contention that Bob Pittman and his merry band of pranksters are transforming their radio-centric business into an events business with hundreds of promotional outlets. Now, thanks to Media Monitors and their…

More fines, more often.

The Commission has levied a $500 fine against South Dakota State University, along with a compliance plan, for a late license renewal application filing for KSDJ/Brookings, SD. In another action, Peg Broadcasting LLC was hit with a $7000 proposed fine…

Regulatory fee order keeps broadcast and broadband funding separate.

When the proposed FCC fiscal year 2021 fee schedule was released, broadcasters were up in arms about the sizable increase in broadcast fees which, it turned out, would subsidize Commission expenses related to broadband regulation. In the final Report and…

Radio Hall of Fame announces a new crop of inductees.

The Museum of Broadcast Communications has released the names of the class of 2021, a bumper crop of over 40 broadcasters. The induction ceremony is scheduled for late October in Chicago. For a complete list of inductees, visit www.radiohalloffame.com.

Turtles lose in royalty review.

Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan, a.k.a. Flo and Eddie, a.k.a. the Turtles lost an appeal of a lower court ruling to SiriusXM in a case involving royalties for songs published earlier than 1972. This decision, by the Ninth Circuit Court…

What we said.

In last week’s SMRN we referred to the power of a national high-dollar contest, and sure enough, the Independent Broadcasters Association has come through again with a second national cash contest available to its member stations. This time, according to…